LEEDing us Astray?

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LEED certification for supposed leading work on green buildings, a focus of the city of Eugene, is facing criticism.

Las Vegas Weekly reports on LEED Gold certification by the private U.S. Green Building Council for two new Las Vegas Casinos. The paper writes:

"Giant buildings that welcome and encourage the extravagant, wasteful behavior of thousands of guests at the same time hardly seem like a recipe for saving Mother Earth."

The article also notes use of LEED certification for parking garages and for building a new school in Texas on the edge of town to replace one requiring less driving to get to. "Sure, it features a bioswale to capture storm-water runoff from the parking lot-but the old school didn't have a parking lot."

In Eugene some dubious LEED buildings include the UO's Lillis business school (which put solar sells not on the roof where the sun shines, but on the front windows where they could be seen for the PR value) and the Royal Caribbean call center which chose to locate not downtown but next to a freeway exit on the edge of Springfield where employees drive to acres of parking lots.

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The City of Eugene has claimed a leadership role on green building, but its biggest building project involves moving 250 police employees out of downtown to a building next to a freeway in north Eugene with ample parking lots.

wow. on point!

good points. makes you think what other acts on behalf of mother earth aren't really so...

thanks for the post!


Submitted by posty mcposterton (not verified) on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 16:37.
Where do you come up with this stuff???

I agree that there are some very questionable aspects of the LEED criteria and certification process. However, the photovoltaic cells on the front face (southern exposure) of Lillis Hall are in addition to those covering the roof.

More info here:
"Most of the solar electricity at Lillis is generated by a large array of conventional panels mounted flat on the rooftop; the four systems together supply about 10 percent of the building’s predicted electricity demand."

Submitted by JDS (not verified) on Mon, 10/05/2009 - 13:16.
re: Lillis Building

While I tend to agree with the EW's politics in general, when reading EW articles and blogs I'm sometimes reminded of what Colbert frequently says:

(I paraphrase):

It doesn't have to be true if it FEELS true.

Submitted by William Kennedy (not verified) on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 14:01.
LEED junk science

This reminds me of the pathetic article EW printed a couple years ago that claimed the new Nike arena will be "carbon nuetral". LEED is a crock. I suppose the new Death Star style LEED courthouse in Eugene has altered the local climate ? It is about time that the climate crisis farce (and related building projects) were exposed as complete fraud.

Submitted by usual suspect (not verified) on Sat, 10/17/2009 - 15:49.
Public Forum about Riverfront Research Park

Thursday November 19th from 7-9pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 11th and Charnelton

Submitted by Important Greenway Meeting (not verified) on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 10:07.
deadline soon to appeal ORI riverfront building permit decision

The last day to appeal is December 28.

Submitted by bigmediasux (not verified) on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 09:56.

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