Within our culture, certain exceptional "trends" have found a permanent home in mainstream society. From Zen, organic farming, indie film and yoga - to micro breweries and even rock 'n roll - what starts out as subcultural coolness becomes accepted and adopted by the masses. I find that in this co-opting of revolutionary ideas and practices, something is often lost.
Right now, building green is finding its footing as a new movement of "cool". Green building is smart, it makes sense, it is aesthetically pleasing and it is here to stay. I hope that what is at the heart of the green building movement - asking smart questions about quality of materials, quality of construction, and sustainability - is not diluted or lost.
"Going Green" is not as simple as installing marmoleum or bamboo floors. Something might be a renewable resource, but if it is shoddily constructed or poorly designed, then how green and sustainable can it really be when you have to tear it out and replace it? Always ask questions about the quality of the bamboo. Be sure to ask questions about how certain materials might fit in with your lifestyle. Quality and know-how are very important. Build and design for yourself but also for the next generation.
I will not boast about how green my operation is and tell you about all the great eco-friendly things I've done. I will enjoy providing my clients with good design, quality materials and helping with the tough questions.
It's our planet but it is your choice.