Goldman Sachs. Bank of America. The Banner Bank of Boise, Idaho. They are all building green buildings, the topic of a brief story I wrote for the current issue of FORTUNE (September 17). The story only scratches the surface of the green building boom, which is truly amazing, and a topic that I hope to revisit in the future.
The story was posted online today. The headline’s imprecise — “Who’s the Greenest Bank of All?” — since I was writing about the buildings, and not their lending practices which are, obviously, a lot more important. Here’s how it begins:
Waterless urinals! Plants on the roof! Recycled carpets! Since the first U.S. building was formally certified as good for the planet in 2000, “green” building has gone mainstream. So far about 900 projects have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C., trade association; another 13,000 are in the pipeline.
“No fundamental change in the building industry has moved as quickly as sustainable building,” says Timur Galen, head of corporate services and real estate at Goldman Sachs.
You can read the rest here.