Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ellen J. Crivella
GREEN DESIGN, SOMETIMES referred to as sustainable design or ecological design, is a process by which products are created to be more sustainable, and last longer. The goal is to makes changes during the design and manufacturing phases so that the end products are as environmentally benign as possible. This, in turn, will reduce the ecological footprint of those using such items. In terms of green design in building construction and land use planning, there is significant potential to reduce the amount of carbon emitted in the development process and in day-to-day operations. Those implementing green design often follow a systems approach and readily utilize several sustainable design principles. The national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program awards architects and builders for using green design methods. On a broader scale, land use planning techniques can be followed to design environmentally sustainable communities. Finally, there are some The ...