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      DESIGN FOR SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY AT SEATTLE’S CENTRAL LIBRARY

      , ASLA, LEED AP 1

      Journal of Green Building

      College Publishing

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          Abstract

          Question: What is the most important question you can ask? Answer: Is the universe a friendly place or not?

          —Albert Einstein

          INTRODUCTION

          As a culture we hold dear social values such as public good, health and well-being, quality of life, diversity, and equity. The focus of this article is how Seattle’s Central Library, a Silver LEED™ project, integrates social benefit into its design. While LEED provides credit opportunities for some social issues, many are not addressed by the LEED System. The Seattle project provides a rich example of how to integrate a broader range of social sustainability into green design thinking. Issues for consideration include: design to encourage social interaction, accessibility, economic development, cultural arts, and improved staff efficiency and ergonomics. This discussion searches for lessons learned that might inspire the emergence of new LEED credits.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Winter 2007
                : 2
                : 1
                : 1-21
                Author notes

                1.City of Seattle Green Building Program Manager, lucia.athens@ 123456seattle.gov .

                Article
                jgb.2.1.1
                10.3992/jgb.2.1.1
                ©2007 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 19
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                INDUSTRY CORNER

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