Greenest Building on the Planet?

green_042208_125.jpgFittingly named for Aldo Leopold, the Leopold center near Baraboo, WI, has been awarded 61 of 69 LEED points – more than any building so far – making it, apparently, the “greenest” building currently in existence. Although the architects of certain ancient structures might beg to differ, in the our era it’s popular and often helpful to use this kind of ranking to see where things are stacking up and to encourage more to do the same. So be it.
It goes without saying that the center is carbon neutral, incredibly efficient, embracing of daylight while using and recycling rainwater for most functions. More importantly, perhaps, is the buildings function as an educational center for other inspired folks. No data is public that I could find about costs and ROI, but it’s certainly something worth checking out for businesses ans individuals alike.
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Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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