What Makes It Green?" is the
annual conference of the AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment
(COTE) that focuses on the sharing of knowledge between the
various members of the design community. The first conference
in 1999 was an exhibit of regional projects with a panel discussion
to celebrate Earth Day. It created such a strong interest
in the community that the event has continued and expanded
With the support of the City of Seattle and Seattle Public
Utilities, notable environmentalists such as Janine Benyus
and Pliny Fisk have been featured as keynote speakers. Workshops
on energy, City of Seattle projects and green roofs are among
the topics that have been offered.Product exhibits as well
as the display of regional projects are accompanied by in-depth
panel discussions. Each year the featured projects are published
on the City of Seattle Web site.
Six Submissions to
the annual "What Makes It Green?" exhibit.
What Makes It Green? co-chairs Amanda Sturgeon and Dave
Miller, along with other committee members, believe that the conference
is a forum for learning about and discussing sustainability. Its
a wonderful example of volunteer and community commitment to advancing
This year, What Makes It Green? is part of the stellar
line-up of events at the upcoming EnvironDesign®6 conference.
It kicks-off with a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
April 3, that will focus on several sustainable design and building
projects. The discussion will help identify the lessons learned
and the sustainable achievements that resulted from project development,
as well as explore how sustainable elements were integrated into
these designs. In addition, an exhibit of What Makes It Green?
projects will be on display during the entire EnvironDesign6 conference.
The following pages highlight six of the submissions to this years
event. It is a diverse selection with a common denominator: they
all demonstrate the powerful influence of green.