Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment

By A. Bronwyn Llewellyn; James P. Hendrix et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter 7:
Green Building

> “Build, therefore, your own world.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the single most effective green strategies available right now is to design and build environmentally friendly structures. Not only does it make significant progress toward a sustainable society, it creates legions of green jobs to boot. Consider the impact that buildings have on our resources. In this country alone, they presently account for the following:
12 percent of potable water consumed (The U.S. Green Building Council says buildings consume five billion gallons of potable water per day just to flush toilets.)
30 percent of raw materials used
30 percent of waste produced
30 percent of global warming pollution
48 percent of total energy use (Some estimates say that buildings consume as much energy as industry and transportation combined.)
76 percent of electricity used

These figures don’t take other impacts into consideration, such as the heat island effect caused by vast expanses of asphalt and other heat-absorbing surfaces in cities or the acreage taken up by parking lots. It isn’t difficult to see where changes can and should be made.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Acknowledgments iv
  • Part One 1
  • Chapter 1- It's a Greening World- How We Got Where We Are and Where We're Headed 3
  • Chapter 2- Green Goes Mainstream 17
  • Chapter 3- Who Wants a Green Job and Why 27
  • Chapter 4- What Green Means for Education and Training 39
  • Part Two 45
  • Chapter 5- Green Energy 47
  • Chapter 6- Green Transportation 95
  • Chapter 7- Green Building 113
  • Chapter 8- Green Organizations and Ngos 141
  • Chapter 9- Natural Resources Management 149
  • Chapter 10- Green Goods and Services 181
  • Bibliography 204
  • Appendix 212
  • Index 230
  • About the Authors 234
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