Friday, June 27, 2008

Xanadu design is less than eco-friendly

It turns out that Xanadu, a huge shopping mall in New Jersey, is not exactly eco-friendly. The developers are doing all the requisite greenwashing things, like installing low-flow toilets and reserving spaces in the parking lots for hybrids, but they couldn't even get it together to put solar panels on the roof, or go as far on a limb as considering a LEED-certified building.

My question though, is, why should they even bother attempting to be environmentally-friendly, or even pretending to be? What will be the largest building dedicated to selling consumer goods in the United States will basically be a shrine to consumerism, and if you're going to be the worst of the worst, why not go all the way?

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