Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science and Policy

First Advisor

Andrew Morris




construction, energy, green, carbon, climate


The need for green buildings are rapidly becoming more important as the nation faces impending energy crises and the world heats up from the overabundance of greenhouse gases. Buildings in America are one of the largest consumers of energy and one of the greatest contributors to CO2 emissions; more than the total emissions from all the transportation vehicles used every day. By making the construction and use of buildings more resource efficient, this can help alleviate the environmental strain of climate change. Neutralizing or eliminating carbon emissions from building use will significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and is a single most effective way to begin the reversal of climate change. Making this shift in the building industry will not be easy but is certainly possible at this moment in time. Cooperation from the government, the public, and the market is critical to help make sustainable building mainstream. Voluntary measures already in place can be revamped to appeal to more people and the introduction of green building codes and standards can work together to achieve this goal of the significant reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases.