Recession or Not, Green Building To Keep Growing

The Wall Street crash and nose-diving gas prices have taken the air out of some environmental initiatives lately—federal climate change legislation, for example, and a few big renewable energy projects.

But in New York City, by at least one metric, environmentalism is going strong: Driven by growing demand for eco-friendly living and working space, developers are forging full steam ahead on plans to obtain green certification for both commercial and residential projects.

Nationally, the amount of square footage certified under the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED) has grown 62 percent this year to date over where it stood at the end of 2007.  read more »

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