When Green Goes Away

E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., LEED AP
Consulting Engineer

Green is going away. Not the color, so your kid’s next box of Crayola crayons is safe. Not cash, dough, moolah or whatever other shorthand for US dollar bills you use despite all the stories predicting its demise throughout the years. Within 5 to 7 years the term ‘Green’ used to describe buildings, processes or industries will, like Monty Python’s dead parrot, “cease to be”. This is not because the issues that have given rise to the current wave of Green building will have gone, been solved or no longer matter but almost due to the exact opposite being the case. Green or sustainable buildings have emerged in part because of and as a response to ‘not Green’ buildings.