Feature Article

Resilient Design-Smarter Building for a Turbulent Future

Resilience is the new green. With decades of green building experience, we are ready to face climate change.

February 28, 2012

I began an eight-month sabbatical in 2011 with a bicycle trip through the Southwest. I chose the Southwest in part because I wanted to have time to think about some of the vulnerabilities we face—particularly with climate change—and what we should do about it. From what climate scientists are telling us, we don’t have the luxury of continuing the modest pace of green building adoption; we need to achieve greater change, and we need to do it faster. What better way to wrap my mind around global warming and such vulnerabilities as drought and wildfire than a six-week bike trip through the parched Southwest?

Much of the route I traveled had seen barely a drop of rain since the previous fall.