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Ten buildings that show ‘green’ design cuts costs, builds communities
Photos and Story by Gina Whitehill-Baziuk
Although you might not see “green” buildings by starchitects dominating innovation news stories as much as they did in the 2000s, there exist quieter projects that are worthy of attention for business, community-building, and educational reasons. Ten of them make up the 2012 list of winning “Green Projects” chosen by the American Institute of Architects‘ (AIA) Committee on the Environment, announced on April 19. They will be acknowledged at the AIA’s national convention from May 17-19.
Many of the chosen projects have revived neglected or abandoned structures, cutting construction bills and boosting surrounding local economies. And the numerous educational buildings or campuses that dominate the selection are geared to inspire students — future business executives, community leaders, and consumers — by exemplifying the power of design to help tackle the challenges of improving the environment via alternative energy, reducing and re-using waste, and other cost-effective solutions.
Read the rest of this post in the SmartPlanet Blog (April 22, 2012)