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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Metropilis Magazine Editor in chief

“Shifting your city's complexion from gray to green can be fraught with pitfalls. Luckily Lucia Athens is here to provide thoughtful operating instructions, based on real American experiences in building sustainable cities.”

— Susan S. Szenasy

Metropilis Magazine

“Shifting your city''s complexion from gray to green can be fraught with pitfalls. Luckily Lucia Athens is here to provide thoughtful operating instructions, based on real American experiences in building sustainable cities.”

— Susan S. Szenasy

Metropolis Magazine editor in chief - Susan S. Szenasy

"Shifting your city's complexion from gray to green can be fraught with pitfalls. Luckily Lucia Athens is here to provide thoughtful operating instructions, based on real American experiences in building sustainable cities."
co-directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems - Pliny Fisk III and Gail Vittori

"We hope others who read this have the opportunity to expand their worldview by stretching and challenging assumptions and conventions as Lucia has."
Principal, BNIM Architects - Bob Berkebile

"Building an Emerald City is a perfect storm; Lucia is the right person at precisely the right time to provide this guide to creating green building policies and programs. Her experiences working with leading green cities are richly detailed and thoughtfully shared. This is mandatory reading for anyone who cares about our future!"
planning director, City and County of San Francisco and former planning director - John Rahaim

"Cities are in unique positions to address climate change through land use and transportation patterns, and to build sustainable structures. As a local and national founder of the Green Building movement, Lucia Athens's guidance on Green Building is especially useful to all of us involved in City Building."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597265836
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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