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LEED Goes to School: Considering Green Design in the Architecture Classroom

Having devoted his career to green design, Azizan Aziz, a senior research architect at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture, has watched with great interest as USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system has become a major force in in the buildings industry. With its slick branding and status symbol cachet, LEED represents the first successful mainstreaming of sustainable building. Through it, says Aziz, green design has been embraced by many who once dismissed it as “just for beatniks and hippies.” However, recent reports indicate that many of Aziz’s colleagues in higher education are less enthusiastic about these developments.

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