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"Building an Emerald City" is both the story of how Seattle, Washington transformed itself into a leader in sustainable 'green' building, written by one of the principal figures in that transformation, and a practical guide for anyone who wants to bring about similar changes in their city. Lucia Athens blends case studies from cities throughout the U.S. with her own experiences and insights into the processes that led Seattle to become home to one of the highest concentration of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in the world. The result is a far-reaching book with broad applicability to the transformation of city building policies that encourage and reinforce 'green' development.

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"Shifting your city's complexion from gray to green can be fraught with pitfalls. Luckily Lucia Athens is here to provide thoughtful operating instructions, based on real American experiences in building sustainable cities."
--Susan S. Szenasy "Metropolis Magazine editor in chief "

"Building an Emerald City is a perfect storm; Lucia is the right person at precisely the right time to provide this guide to creating green building policies and programs. Her experiences working with leading green cities are richly detailed and thoughtfully shared. This is mandatory reading for anyone who cares about our future!"
--Bob Berkebile "Principal, BNIM Architects "

"Cities are in unique positions to address climate change through land use and transportation patterns, and to build sustainable structures. As a local and national founder of the Green Building movement, Lucia Athens's guidance on Green Building is especially useful to all of us involved in City Building."
--John Rahaim "planning director, City and County of San Francisco and former planning director "

"We hope others who read this have the opportunity to expand their worldview by stretching and challenging assumptions and conventions as Lucia has."
--Pliny Fisk III and Gail Vittori "co-directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems "
About the Author:
The former manager of the City of Seattle Green Building Program, Lucia Athens is now a senior associate and sustainability futures strategist for CollinsWoerman, a Seattle-based planning, architecture, and interior design firm specializing in innovative and sustainable solutions. She is the 2008 winner of the Puget Sound "Better Bricks Award" in the category of "advocate." She previously taught landscape architecture at the University of Georgia.

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  • PublisherIsland Press
  • Publication date2009
  • ISBN 10 1597265845
  • ISBN 13 9781597265843
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages224

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