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March 20, 2012
By: Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

Could this $30 million green tower be the future of world cities?


The unique architecture, a rooftop garden, native plants and a revitalized park across the street are aimed at neighborhood beautification. Source: Miller Hull Partnership illustration

SEATTLE – An office building that lasts 250 years with no monthly electricity or water bills? It may sound like an environmentalist’s pipe dream, but it will soon be a reality, say the builders of what they hope will be the biggest office tower in the nation that produces as much water and electricity as it consumes.

Currently rising from a pit in downtown Seattle, the $30 million, six-story “living building” is being spearheaded by Denis Hayes and Jason McLennan, who believe they can save the world one building at a time by reducing the massive energy appetites of modern cities.

"Eighty-two percent of Americans, and more than half of humanity, now live in cities -- none of which have been designed for sustainability," said Hayes, who in 1970 helped create Earth Day, which has developed into the planet’s unofficial holiday.

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Source:  By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com


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