Michael Abbaté is director of urban planning and design for Gresham, Oregon, a suburb on Portland’s MAX light rail line that is attempting to create a smarter, greener and more sustainable community for its residents and visitors. He is a landscape architect by training and co-founded Portland’s award-winning design firm GreenWorks. He and his wife Vicki live in Fairview Village, a much-acclaimed new urbanist community a couple of miles from his office.
What sets Mike apart from others in the field, though, is that he is also a devout Christian who fervently believes that taking care of the earth is man’s duty to the creator. In his new book Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life and Our World, published by WaterBrook/Random House, Mike explains the scriptural basis for what he calls “creation care,” and discusses how it should guide people of faith in addressing such concerns as global warming, mountaintop removal mining, sustainable transportation practices, and daily life.