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Better Building Bill
Alex Steffen, 12 Apr 05

Washington became the first state in the U.S. to require all new public buildings to meet high-performance green design standards:

"With this bill, Washington state is taking the lead to build schools and other state buildings that do a much better job of protecting Washington's air, land and water," [Governor Christine[ Gregoire said

It's a small step, sure, but it's definitely a sign that green building is a spreading
(via Cascadia Scorecard)

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Alex, I think it's amusing to note that this victory is due in large part to the fact that the Washington State environmental community aligned behind this through their Priorities for a Healthy Washington process ( which you derided a while back as insufficiently worldchanging.

Not that the Priorities process couldn't be improved -- but I'm pleased that it's achieving on-the-ground results on important issues.

Next stop should be Clean Cars, it's up in the Senate tomorrow, we think.

Posted by: Jon Stahl on 13 Apr 05

It IS freaking insufficiently worldchanging!

This is a nice win, but it doesn't mean Washington State is boldly striding into sustainability and a bright green future. It's a drop in the bucket. I'm glad it got through. It sets a small, nice precedent for other states to follow, but the state as a whole is going downhill rapidly: more sprawl, more traffic, more consumption, more pollution, more clearcuts, fewer salmon and orcas, etc.

We need massive change. We need it now. The movement isn't delivering, and I don't think it ever will unless it changes approaches.

So yes, I derided the old approach then, I deride it now. I'm still glad for small victories, but let's not fool ourselves that this is some giant stride forward.

Posted by: Alex Steffen on 14 Apr 05



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