Green Measures... or, none of us are green until all of us are green


Vol. 7 No. 1 (2010)
Invited Papers
March 27, 2013


This paper introduces a re-consideration of the tenets of the ‘triple bottom line' (economy, environment, and society) to contemplate the societal implications of the current successes enjoyed by the environmentally-sensitive design movement. Considering the tools that we use to gauge the successes of sustainable ambitions, this work proposes the ways in which we apply sustainable design metrics are fundamentally working against the tenets of the triple bottom line. When considered through the lens of society, and in particular the urban poor, the current trajectory of the sustainable design movement is one that may create voids where a sustainable urban future can not exist.