Reasonable Green

Just a girl, trying to be a better steward of the Earth, while still driving a car and living an otherwise mainstream, twenty-first-century consumer life. She thinks you can be "green" and reasonable. Here is her blog.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

More Than a Feeling

I've visited the Cambridge headquarters of Genzyme and their building is amazing (and located not far from MIT, where Boston frontman Tom Scholz studied talented!) The building features 18 indoor gardens and mirrors on the roof that reflect sun into the atrium.

Bllinds on the windows move on their own to block the sun - or let in the sun - to help manage the the building's temperature. It can take some getting used to when you're in a meeting and the blinds start clicking on their own, but how cool is that??

The building received a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the USGBC, which is the highest LEED rating.

Now comes the news that city officials in nearby Boston are going to request that green building standards be incorporated into municipal zoning. The new standards are expected to be officially adopted next month.

Hooray for Beantown! Let's hope that similar standards will be coming to a city near you (and me) soon.


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