Just a few thoughts:
1. College students are looking to pay more for universities that invest in green design
2. Sustainability - meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. I disagree with this, who's not to say our needs of the present are too needy? Who's needs anyway? A movie star or a homeless man? Maybe we should decrease the needs of the present in order to be able to fill the needs of the future.
3. U.S. buildings take up 72% of our nations electricity consumption, 39% of our nations total energy use, and 13% of America's potable water. Most of that electricity consumption comes from heating... so, we need to focus on passive solar designs, geothermal potentials, and alternative heating/cooling methods, like radiative cooling.
4. On average there is a 1-7% increase in development costs if you chose to go LEED certified, but by being LEED certified you can get governmental incentives and if renewable energy systems are involved you can make profit by tying back into the grid (payback).
5. One of the biggest things I think people skip on is the environmental stewardship. This 'green revolution' shouldn't be about new products and $$$, it should be able saving the planet because we are a caring and responsible species. One presenter said you have to put your passion and heart into green design and I strongly agree with that.
6. The greatest unforseen impact that LEED certified buildings are witnessing are large increases in productivity. This is often accomplished by simply removing artificial lighting and replacing it with large windows and natural light. Sun = energy = life = love = $$$.
7. Portable offices are cool. Removable carpets, windows, desks, chairs, etc. Not only are the office material lightweight and portable, but they are constructed from natural, non-toxic ingredients. Some can be made using recycled goods.
8. "Trees are contagious; as soon as one neighborhood or street is planted, citizen pressure builds up for action from the next street." - William H. Whyte. Will this happen with green design?
9. Two types of green roofs: (1) extensive, <6>6 inches of growing medium. Green roofs = carbon sequestering = clean air.
10. Berlin has been doing rain and roof gardens for more than 40 years. In Toronto it's part of building codes to have green spaces on roofs. Why is America so behind?