Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs

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Island Press, Jun 22, 2012 - Architecture - 224 pages
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In 2000, Seattle, Washington, became the first U.S. city to officially adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” standards for its own major construction projects. In the midst of a municipal building boom, it set new targets for building and remodeling to LEED guidelines. 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.

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.

Intended as a “roadmap” for policy makers, public officials and representatives, large-scale builders and land developers, and green advocates of every stripe, Building an Emerald City is that rare book—one that is both inspirational and practical.

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Introduction The Promise of Green Building
Building Support for Green Building Initiatives
Change and Innovation in Markets and Organizations
Developing and Implementing Policy for Publicly Funded Green Building
Developing Green Building Program Services
Green Building Incentives and Codes
Measuring Program Impacts
The Road Ahead for Green Building Programs
City of Seattle Public Projects Green Building Portfolio
Green Building Certification Tools

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About the author (2012)

The former manager of the City of Seattle Green Building Program, Lucia Athens is now a senior associate and sustainable futures strategist for CollinsWoerman, a Seattle-based planning, architecture, and interior design firm specializing in innovative and sustainable solutions. She is the 2008 winner of the Puget Sound “Better Bricks Award” in the category of “advocate.” She previously taught landscape architecture at the University of Georgia.

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