Building an Emerald City
€ 25,00
224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59726-584-3
Island Press


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Building an Emerald City

By Lucia Athens

In 2000, in the midst of a municipal building boom, Seattle set new targets for building and remodeling to LEED guidelines, adopting the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards for its own major construction projects. Its first LEED certified project, the Seattle Justice Center, was completed in 2002. The city is now home to one of the highest concentrations of LEED buildings in the world. (LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

Building an Emerald City is the story of how Seattle transformed itself into a leader in sustainable “green” building, written by one of the principal figures in that transformation. It is both a personal account—filled with the experiences and insights of an insider—and a guide for anyone who wants to bring about similar changes in any city. It includes “best practice” models from municipalities across the nation, supplemented by the contributions of “guest authors” who offer stories and tips from their own experiences in other cities.

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