What educational systems are reporting is encouraging news for the green movement. Today’s students think green, understand the sustainable movement and have some pretty constructive ideas of their own that are being implemented in schoolyards, dormitories and cafeterias on educational campuses across the country. This adds up to a successful formula for educational facility managers.Elaine Aye of Green Building Services sees it this way; “This generation is all about preserving the Earth. They’re aware from a social perspective and are becoming aware of economic issues.” As the U.S. Green Building Council has discovered, sustainable designs, energy efficiency and green practices are only as effective as mankind makes them. Using new-age lighting systems is a great design idea but it helps to turn off the unused lights.
Austin gets it right when it comes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified homes. Recently, a group of Austin homebuilders pooled their green initiatives and provided residents a unique opportunity to look up close and personal at a variety of different LEED® certified homes.Originally developed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a rating system for commercial buildings, the LEED® certification standards have been met with success by Austin homebuilders and other residential projects throughout the country.
Apparently the swine flu is not as serious a disease as originally thought. It is a pandemic and is going to spread but it doesn’t seem life threatening. That is good news. Maybe it is part of our new going green corporate mindset, but I have to say I was impressed with the way management handled the crises.