Being conscious about the environment is the “cool” thing to be these days, isn’t it? More than the “coolness” factor though, living a green life really does mean something to a lot of people – and it seems that the First Family belongs to this group.
If you think about it, the Obamas are not exactly pioneers in this. Past presidents have shown their own initiative during their terms. There was Jimmy Carter. There was Bill Clinton. Both of these presidents cut back the energy consumption in the White House while they were there. Even George W. Bush used a photovoltaic system and installed solar water-heating systems.
It’s Barack Obama’s turn, and he and his wife are wanting to green up the White House; walking the talk; living an example. Early on, the First Lady started with her very own organic garden containing vegetables, herbs, and fruits. They are now upping the stakes. The Obamas are planning on making the White House the first White House to be LEED certified.
This certification is actually a system that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The aim is to take stock of buildings and see how they measure up to their standards with regard to green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance.
The project is not a small one and the results, if fully attained, will really turn things around. It might even be a great example to others who want to become LEED certified.