LEED me to the Pollution of Transportation

Was it worth it to make the first “green” building in South Boston LEED certified? I am not an interior design student and I didn’t know much about LEED before this video. I had heard good things about LEED but never understood what exactly it took to become certified through LEED. The large debate over the issue of the The Greening of Southie is whether their main intentions were to just become LEED certified or if they were really focusing on creating less impact on the environment. As I watched the “green” and environmentally friendly aspects of the building flash across the screen followed by the point system I was disappointed. One point for bamboo floors? But what was that point based on? Did they take into account the transportation of the flooring and the damage that did to the environment? How about did they consider that working with products they never had before end up costing them more money and hurting the environment immensely from having to reorder and reconstruct the flooring? Are these things that LEED looks at? Or just the overall aspect of the building? Overall, I think that the initial thought of a LEED certified building is good. I am not educated much on LEED but if I knew more I might support it more. If people really want to help create a green environment and continue to build structures that are going to do so, I think all aspects of the project should be evaluated such as transportation, materials, cost, impact, etc. The video was interesting, and it was cool to watch the building come together, but more information would’ve been helpful to fully grasp how environmentally friendly the project was.

This weeks’ reading of Social and Eco-labeling of Textile and Clothing Goods as a means of Communication and Product Differentiation was very interesting. The only time I have ever seen an eco-label was the energy star that comes on some appliances. The other eco-labels I did not recognize because I have never seen them. I personally think it is important that we renew the usage of social and eco-labelling in clothing and textiles. I would be more likely to buy a garment if the label stated that it was not tested on animals, there was no child labor in production, and fair pay for the workers of the garment was issued. The main issue discussed in the article is that there is an overall lack of environmental awareness in the world. If someone were to pick up a garment and look at the tag, they may not know how important the label is because they had not been educated about it. I see this as a problem for retailers. Retailers should educate their customers on this important labelling factor. This way people become more aware of what they are buying and more aware of being environmentally friendly. With the main concerns being production ecology, human ecology, and waste disposal, new and improved social and eco- labels may help to improve awareness and help the environment.

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