April 23, 2009 by Mary Adams · Comments Off
There is a really good video story from the New York Times called The Greening of the American Hard Hat.
The creation of jobs is a critical issue for the U.S., not just because of the recession but because we outsourced and downsized so many of our industries in recent decades. Green building is an enormous opportunity to create jobs. And it’s not just about construction, it’s about “how we design, build and sustain a building.”
According to this report, 40% of our carbon dioxide emissions and 70% of our electricity are consumed by buildings. We need to rethink existing as well as new buildings. This will require leveraging and innovating based on our strong national intellectual capital.