Chances are, you spend most of your time in buildings: at home, work, restaurants, schools, offices, stores or others. Building and communities define our lives. They are habitat. Shelter. Places for assembly or sanctuary. But they are also our front line of defense in battling climate change and the final piece of a complex puzzle in how we create communities that enhance our lives, not compromise them. The walls around you and the floor beneath your feet, the sidewalks and bike paths that are increasingly linking us together are all critical pieces of how we are reimagining our lives and our economy. Together we act. We build green buildings and communities. Energy-efficient, water-efficient, daylight-filled, toxin- and-pollutant-free buildings in walkable communities with access to fresh food and green space, with recycling and composting on the premises. It takes all of us working together to fashion these places that protect our planet and nourish our souls. And we’re creating more of them every day. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are undertaking this important work. They are engineers, architects, and building facility managers. They are teachers, lawyers, scientists, business owners, manufacturers and writers.
But for reasons unfathomable, not everyone is on board. Our hardest job it seems isn’t figuring out how to build green, it’s to convince the naysayers that it matters. That it works. That it is a singularly powerful path forward to bringing our world through these times.
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