Charles Ries: Green buildings, jobs and summits

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In rich countries, more than a third of all energy is used to heat, cool and light buildings, or used within buildings, efficiently or not. Climate change demands we slash that consumption.

That's one reason why President Obama is hosting this week's G-20 summit at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens -- two buildings that are "gold" certified for their energy-efficiency design characteristics by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

The venues are part of the message: investments in renovation and energy-aware construction can be a big part of a green jobs strategy. If the United States is to be a global competitor in green building technology, it needs to learn from some of the other countries that will be at the table in Pittsburgh.

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyG20 Pittsburgh Summit September 2009Energy, Natural Resources

Posted September 25, 2009 at 9:27 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]
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