Buildings account for 36% of the US’s total energy consumption, including 65% of its electricity use. The debate over coal, renewable energy, wind energy, solar panels, etc., pretty much comes down to the fact that we (Americans) use a lot of electricity. Well, a well-known green real estate consultant, Charles Lockwood, sat down with Tom Friedman to discuss his thoughts on everything green (article link – pdf). Tom Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times and wrote the wildly popular book, The World Is Flat. If you want to get your hands on the book, make sure to get the updated version. Friedman has some interesting comments about green buildings and technology. He talks about something he calls "Up, Not Out," and how green cities can attract younger workers. He also wants to re-frame the debates on environmentalism. Give the article a read and watch his video with Tim Russert of MSNBC.
The Green Quotient: Q+A Thomas L. Friedman [Charles Lockwood]