I’ve always struggled with the word “green.” I’m not quite sure what “green building” means, but most definitions include the idea of environmental responsibility.
To get a better handle on environmental responsibility, it might be useful to create a list of green values or aims. Here’s my stab at creating such a list.
Green values include:
- Avoiding actions that injure biodiversity.
- Avoiding actions that destroy important habitat, especially habitat for threatened species.
- Avoiding actions that increase the likelihood of species extinction.
- Avoiding actions that contribute to water pollution.
- Avoiding actions that contribute to air pollution.
- Avoiding the consumption of wild fish that are harvested in an unsustainable manner.
- Avoiding food that is raised using agricultural practices that are unsustainable.
- Avoiding the purchase of materials that can’t be manufactured without environmental destruction.
- Avoiding actions that hasten global climate change.
This list can certainly be criticized; I invite GBA readers to improve it or add to it. But this list is an attempt to describe “green” ideals.
After I created this list, I thought about its implications. Here’s what I noticed: