A not-as-talked-about dimension to designing and building green is the education piece.
In the shopping-center world, there is a growing responsibility to not only create sustainable shopping, dining and lifestyle experiences, but also educate visitors on why and how these sustainable elements are important to them. Columbus, Ohio-based M+A Architects helped implement a number of these green educational tools with retail developers to teach shopping-center visitors the benefits of sustainable living, including:
“Sustainable education elements don’t have to be expensive or overly complicated,” said M+A Architects director of business development Matt Canterbury, LEED AP. “It’s simple, important touches that call out a small change or add another dimension to the project that really show people how easy it is to be conscious of the environment and conserve resources.”