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Seven Green Trends to Watch in 2009

Seven Green Trends to Watch in 2009

Last year I talked about five green building trends and most of that, generally speaking, was spot on.  This year's going to be a little tougher nut to crack, however, because things are changing every day.  After a week or two of new information, it could be that everything below will not make sense any more.  I don't believe that will happen, but it could.  Anyway, to cut to the chase, all of this is informal and anecdotal.  I'm making these predictions based on approximately thirty years of seeing, studying, reading, working, and observing as a human being.  You will certainly have a different perspective, but hear me out.  When you're done, make sure to tell me what you think below. 

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Happy New Year, Quick Reflections

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Hey, Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe an entire year just flew by, but it did.  On this day last year, we identified Five Green Trends to Watch in 2008 — actually, the trends were specifically related to green building rather than the environment in general — and you’ll probably agree that we were right on.  I guess that means we’ll take another stab at predicting the future in these unpredictable, turbulent times.  Keep an eye out for our next green trends article for 2009 … update, here it is:

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BD+C White Paper Takes a Hard Look at Green Building, Climate Change

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Last month, while everyone was still coming down from presidential election frenzy and ramping up for Greenbuild, Building Design + Construction offered up another distraction: their annual white paper on the State of Green Building.  This is the sixth in an annual series that was initially inspired by the success of Greenbuild 2002.  While reports from the early years included remarks on the chances for the green building movement to keep rolling, the editors get a little more definitive this time around, starting on page four: "…no matter where you stand personally on the social, economic, political, or environmental issues related to climate change, you will soon have no choice but to factor it into your professional work."

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