Good News! High-Performance Building Transcends Politics
No matter how you feel about the outcome of last week’s general election, the push to transform the built environment for long-term sustainability must – and will – continue to gain momentum. Energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments, water conservation and on-site stormwater management (to name a few issues), are not partisan or political concerns. They are needs and opportunities acknowledged and supported by business, community and public sector leaders across the board.
High-performance green building transcends political differences. It creates jobs, drives competitiveness in business, stimulates innovation and technological breakthroughs. Everyone, no matter their affiliations, relies on clean water to drink, requires air to breathe free of toxins and mold, and benefits from the beauty and ecosystem services of a healthy natural world.
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and our partners are non-partisan, inclusive organizations that welcome anyone who shares our vision for a sustainable, resilient and healthy built environment.
Instead of being political, we have and will continue to channel our energy into practical, proactive education and advocacy to influence design, material specification, and building codes and standards. These are not determined by the Federal government. No, the shape that our homes, buildings, schools, and infrastructure take arises from within our own communities, our local, state and non-governmental democratic processes. These things are controlled by us and our neighbors if and when we engage.
With the Code Innovations Database, green building certification programs, local and state policies and initiatives, we have the tools we need. Not just to continue, but to accelerate the adoption of high-performance green building designs, materials and technology. Here in Washington State and across our region we have the power to continue fighting climate change and the waste of resources, regardless of gridlock or policy reversals in Washington DC.
If national politics have you feeling frustrated or angry, turn that energy toward the things we have the power to change. It starts right here at home in our own communities. It includes everyone. Forward!