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Award-Winning Green Designer Neil Chambers Visits Warren Wilson College

by Mariah Parker, Multimedia Editor

Award-winning green designer Neil Chambers kicked off his US book tour on September 12 at the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum in South Carolina. The second stop brought Chambers to Warren Wilson campus on September 14 for a meet-and-greet and a guest lecture.

With over 16 years of experience in green design, Chambers is a national fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and has taught at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Most recently, Chambers has managed green design consulting projects for hospitals in Raleigh and Pittsburgh.

Published in July, Chamber’s new book, Urban Green: Architecture for the Future, marries conservation ecology with green design, proposing a future where cities and homes are built in harmony with the natural world.

“Basically, I think sustainability has become too focused on fuel, technology, and transport,” says Chambers. “The book takes a step back and asks: is this where we want to go?”

On Wednesday morning, Chambers met with Susan Kask’s Intro to Sustainability and Economics class to share his personal take on sustainability. “In my class, we study many different sets of sustainability principles and analyze different ways of defining the term ‘sustainability,’” explains Kask. “It will be interesting for my students to see how Chambers thinks. He is ‘doing’ sustainability and I want them to see how that happens.”

That evening, Chambers met with community members in Canon Lounge for a book signing.

In the next four months, Chambers will visit over 20 colleges and universities across the United States. His next stop takes him to the North Carolina State University College of Design in Raleigh.

Copies of Urban Green are now available at the campus bookstore. For more information about Neil and his new book, visit neilchambers.net.

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