Making it Easier to be Green
Green design includes energy conservation, but that's not what it's all about. It's about having good air quality both indoors and outdoors, making the environments in which we work, live, study and play healthier and more comfortable and conserving all of our natural resources.
This site will provide a balanced, holistic view that includes advice about saving energy, water and other natural resources, improving indoor air quality, using environmentally responsible design and construction techniques and minimizing waste.

I will be focusing on interiors for three reasons:

  • We spend about 90% of our time indoors.
  • Buildings in the United States annually consume about 30% of our total energy and 75% of our electricity.
  • As a New York State Certified Interior Designer and a LEED Accredited Professional, I want to share my knowledge and expertise with you.
Sustainable design and construction can be done in many different styles and using a wide variety of materials. There are examples of healthy, sustainable, comfortable and inviting interiors for commercial, not-for-profit and residential clients on the web site for Interior Design Solutions.
You can use the labels on the sidebar to locate entries that you want to read. For instance, most people might want to look at the entries for "Green Homes," but "Green Finance" would be of more interest to professionals involved in the design, construction, management, financing and marketing of buildings.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Green vs. Greenwashing

A colleague of mine asked how I would define green. My knee-jerk impulse was to cite the usual “meet the needs of the present without jeopardizing those of the future,” but then I realized that she has probably heard that a thousand times. My second reaction would normally be to define green as it pertains to my own field of endeavor, design and construction, but such a definition would be too limiting. After a bit of thought, this is how I define green:

Green products and services are those for which the aggregate positive environmental effects far outweigh the negative ones and any environmental claims are specific, well-defined, relevant and substantiated by a reliable third-party certificate or easily accessible supporting information.

While working on my definition of what is green, I reviewed TerraChoice’s excellent, easily understandable definition of what is not green as presented in “The Seven Deadly Sins of Greenwashing.” For any of you not familiar with it, here’s a link:

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