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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Mar/Apr 2002 : What Makes It Green?


What Makes It Green?


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 each year.

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. It’s a wonderful example of volunteer and community commitment to advancing responsible buildings.

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 year’s event. It is a diverse selection with a common denominator: they all demonstrate the powerful influence of green.

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