Beyond waterless toilets and LEED Gold
Author: Katlyn Cotton
Jun 09, 2008
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy that LEED exists. It is an excellent first shot at trying to make buildings and neighborhoods more environmentally responsible.
Having said that, recently I’ve been a bit surprised, but more than that extraordinarily pleased to find that there are some within what might be considered the hard core environmental movement who understand that as well.
One is Lloyd Alter a Canadian architect and developer, and now active web journalist for Tree Hugger.com. Here is someone deeply committed to sustainable development, but also sees the irreplaceable role that heritage buildings play in sustainable development. He frequent writes an entry on Tree Hugger entitled “Another One Bites the Dust” that is well worth reading.
Another “green” blog that understands the historic preservation/sustainable development link isGreenRedux.com.
When the discussion of sustainable development moves beyond the techno talk from “green architects” and gizmo salesmen and broadens so that all of the components of sustainable development are part of the discussion, we’ll be making progress. Those who remain stuck on the inane “can I get two extra points toward Leed Gold if we put in a bike rack?” are only demonstrating their absolute ignorance about what sustainable development is.
For those with time to kill you might want to look at the podcast interview I did with Lloyd Atler in Collingwood, Ontario recently.