The Future Is Green

The Future Is Green

Michele Berger
Published: 10/29/2009

Washington Nationals LEED-certified stadium
Photo: M.V. Jantzen, Flickr Creative Commons

Plant-covered roofs. Recycled steel baseball stadiums. Sun-powered office buildings. No, it’s not science fiction. It’s green design and it’s happening across the country, at businesses, universities, even in individual homes.

In this package from our Sept-Oct issue, Features Editor Rene Ebersole culls some of today's most exciting and inspiring designs of places to live, work, play, and learn.


National Audubon Society office, LEED-certified
Photo: FXFOWLE Architects

"The days when buildings simply sat there sucking down vast amounts of energy are almost over," Ebersole writes. "Today’s best houses, schools, restaurants, and arenas sip their megawatts, while catching rainwater, sparing resources, and preserving green space—without sacrificing style, or fun."