Cities are our greatest hope.

They are our greatest inventions, and the most important things we will ever build. Most of the people on Earth now live in cities.

They also offer our best hope for long-term survival—and not just survival, but success. For life as we know it.

As Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation, says, “Cities offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline.”

Hayes isn’t one to talk without action. Under his leadership, the Bullitt Foundation built and operates the greenest office building in the world, the Bullitt Center. (He also, not incidentally, coordinated the first Earth Day in 1970).

But for cities to “go green,” we’re going to need to push the envelope and change our notions of what’s possible.

At six stories, the Bullitt Center is certified under the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. It produces as much electricity from solar panels on the roof as it uses in a year—in ever-so-gray Seattle. In fact, in 2014 it produced 60 percent more electricity than it used, making the building net positive energy. And it is 100 percent leased.

The Bullitt Center website says, “The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us. As a society, we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable.”

The point of the Bullitt Center is to inspire. To challenge. Can you build something better?

Here are five ways you can beat the Bullitt Center at its own game—which would be a win for all of us.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: cityminded.org

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