Green Inc., Environmentalism for Profit

Number 25759
Subject Construction
Source USA Today
State National
Year 2012
Publication Date 10/24/2012; 10/25/2012; 12/11/2012; 12/23/2012
Summary With the groundbreaking series Green Inc., USA Today for the first time uncovers the truth behind the soaring movement toward constructing buildings that are certified as environmentally friendly. The series shows how "green" buildings often are barely different from their supposedly conventional counterparts -- except that green-building designers and owners often win huge tax breaks, zoning waivers and other valuable perks from government agencies. The series involves an unprecedented analysis of records for 7,100 green-certified buildings to show how the designers follow the easiest and cheapest steps to get certified. Numerous freedom-of-information requests revealed the enormous tax breaks awards to the building designers and owners, and also show how some buildings are falling far short of their environmental promise.
Category Contest Entry
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Keywords Environmental friendly; taxes; green buildings; certificated
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