+ Detroit Green City

From grassroots efforts to industry leaders, Detroit’s future looks green and bright. We take a fresh look at the city known for its financial collapse and blight. But, can a place built on the back of the internal combustion engine really become a hotbed of green development?

+ Reaching New Heights

Sustainable design is central to One World Trade Center’s development, which integrates renewable energy, interior daylighting, reuse of rainwater, and recycled construction debris and materials.

+ Lofty Idea

At home and abroad, adaptive reuse of buildings into micro lofts prove to be innovative housing models that offer access to urban amenities.

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The Detroit Industry fresco was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera in 1932-1933 as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. The cover selection is a detail of the south wall. Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

LEED impact categories

+ ecosystems

A certified sustainable site, American University’s School of International Service manifests the school’s values

+ green economy

Bank of America offers the first corporate Green Bond in the U.S.

+ human health

Henry Chao discusses healthy buildings for HOK’s global architectural practice

+ sustainable materials

Designers are reaching for a way to illuminate the unseen health hazards and environmental footprint of building materials



Letter from our leaders

+ community

The Detroit Public Schools and the regional chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council work together to promote environmentalism

+ advocacy

Cincinnati becomes an incubator of green home policy innovation

+ product innovation

Future-facing green technology

+ global pulse

Top 10 countries for LEED outside the U.S.


Detroit Industry, North Wall, 1932-33 (fresco), Rivera, Diego (1886-1957) | Detroit Institute of Arts, USA / Gift of Edsel B. Ford / The Bridgeman Art Library