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The Little Things
SMALL ACTIONS ADD UP TO BIG CHANGES FOR YOUR PROJECTS AND THE PLANET/ TODAY’S TOP INTERIOR designers are seen as a combi-
nation of engineers and artists, but more and more are also adding environmentalist to that skill set. Thanks in part to programs like the USGBC’s LEED and REGREEN (a residential remodeling program created by ASID and USGBC), it’s never been easier to learn what it means to be green. Interior strategies to increase comfort, provide daylight and minimize pollutants have been proven to increase an employee’s productivity, a student’s test scores and a patient’s recovery. In fact, we’ve added up the numbers on how the choices interior designers make can save (or sabotage) the planet, people and a clients’ proﬁts. i
Jim Hackler is a freelance writer based out of Atlanta who focuses on environmental issues at www.TheUrbaneEnvironmentalist.com.
If all ASID members switched out one 65-watt incandescent bulb for a 14-watt LED bulb, they would keep 1,404 tons of carbon dioxide out of the air over the life of the bulb—that’s equivalent to what 270 cars emit in a year.
If all new schools and renovations went green using programs such as LEED, the energy savings alone would be $2 billion in the ﬁrst year—enough to buy every incoming high school freshman in the United States his or her own EnergyStar® laptop computer. If the entire world’s cotton produced in 2010 were made into a single bed sheet, it would cover Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. Of that, the global organic crop grew 15 percent last year, which would create a sheet large enough to blanket New York City.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2011
Finding a New Path
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers
ASID Icon - Fall 2011