You’ve all heard the saying, “If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.” The goose-gander axiom applies to sustainability as well. If it’s good for people, it’s good for the environment.
Product design that incorporates the goose-gander axiom exhibit true grace. That’s the principle behind the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
LEED is “a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.”
Creating and remodeling buildings following LEEDdesign principles create extraordinary spaces, like the Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco. Not only is it a eye-poppingly gorgeous space, it’s only the fourth hotel in the world to earn LEEDcertification. The Orchard earned certification by, among other things, employing an energy-saving keycard system that saves 20 percent more energy and pays for itself in two years. It’s simple, you leave the room, you take your key, the power goes off. In another stroke of grace, the hotel was designed in such a way that 80 percent of the regularly occupied spaces take advantage of daylight, which makes the spaces warmer, more habitable and energy efficient. Saving energy, saves money and makes LEED buildings good for capitalist humans as well as human humans.
When people and environment taken into equal consideration, it’s a winning formula for building a healthier, more sustainable world. Good for the goose. Good for the gander. Now, that’s grace.