As we touched on in a recent post, green design is big business that is permanently altering the way the buildings we live and work in are designed and built. What was a grassroots movement less than two decades ago has become a bona fide force in the world of architecture. Need proof?
Consider the fact that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced that its LEED Rating System has officially certified 3 billion square feet of green construction space around the world. Given that buildings account for 41 percent of energy use, 73 percent of electricity consumption, and 38 percent of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. alone, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots that point to the success of the green building movement.
But don’t just take our word for it: famed architect Frank Gehry expressed his appreciation for sustainable design and lauded the LEED system in a 2010 PBS interview.
Want to know how to become a little more eco-conscious in your day-to-day decisions? Check out Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences’ Sustainable Choices website, which provides information you can use to make small changes that will have a major, positive impact on our environment—at home, at work, and at ply.