Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Green is Good...Greening is Better

By Aisha Motlani
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In response to Jim Draeger's comment, it would seem people are gradually becoming aware that the idea of out with the old, in with the new is not always a viable option for greening our enviroment (though many continue to believe it's cheaper to start from scratch, disregarding the fact that, as Draeger rightly pointed out, doing so takes a great toll on the available resources etc). In fact there's an article devoted to this issue in January's New York Times which uses the example of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago's downtown to illustrate this point. Apparently the second largest building in the world, the Merchandise Mart has adopted initiatives to improve efficiency, some of them pretty simple like the use of low-watt light fixtures throughout. Sources indicate it's managed to cut down drastically (more than 200,000 pounds) of emissions, earning it a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating.

Merchandise Mart, Chicago

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