224 pages, 7 3/10 x 10 17/100
Paperback
Release Date:28 Oct 2009
ISBN:9781597265843
GO TO CART

Building an Emerald City

A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs

Island Press

In 2000, Seattle, Washington, became the first U.S. city to officially adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” standards for its own major construction projects. In the midst of a municipal building boom, it set new targets for building and remodeling to LEED guidelines. Its first LEED certified project, the Seattle Justice Center, was completed in 2002. The city is now home to one of the highest concentrations of LEED buildings in the world.

Building an Emerald City is the story of how Seattle transformed itself into a leader in sustainable “green” building, written by one of the principal figures in that transformation. It is both a personal account – filled with the experiences and insights of an insider – and a guide for anyone who wants to bring about similar changes in any city. It includes “best practice” models from municipalities across the nation, supplemented by the contributions of “guest authors” who offer stories and tips from their own experiences in other cities.

Intended as a “roadmap” for policy makers, public officials and representatives, large-scale builders and land developers, and green advocates of every stripe, Building an Emerald City is that rare book – one that is both inspirational and practical.

Lucia Athens is a senior associate and sustainable futures strategist for CollinsWoerman, a planning and architecture firm specializing in innovative and sustainable solutions. The 2008 winner of a Puget Sound “Better Bricks Award,” she has previously been manager of the City of Seattle Green Building Program and taught landscape architecture at the University of Georgia.
Free Shipping   Blue
Find what you’re looking for...
Stay Informed

Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.


Read past newsletters
Current Catalogue
Spring 2019 Canadian Cover
Publishers Represented
UBC Press is the Canadian agent for several international publishers. Visit our Publishers Represented page to learn more.