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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

1. What steps are businesses and consumers taking to increase their energy-efficiency? What are the environmental and economic benefits.

Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency: energysavers.gov

2. Why are profit-driven developers jumping on the green bandwagon? What factors are fueling the trend? What is sustainability? Why is it important individuals, businesses and government?

US. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: www.eere.energy.gov

3. What is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program? How does it ensure that environmental and energy standards are implemented, monitored and met?

National Association of State Energy Officials: naseo.org

Alliance to Save Energy: ase.org

4. How are some green designs pushing the innovative envelop? What elements are necessary to transform a movement (such as the current “green” one) from a grassroots effort into a national epidemic?

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: aceee.org

FUTURE IMPLICATIONS

Think about it: Green construction sets higher energy-efficiency standards for buildings while saving people money over the long-haul. Describe a future scenario in which entire communities across the U.S. adhere to stricter “green standards.”

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