My Green Building Exit Memo

So this post is a farewell of sorts.  And, an introduction that I am very excited about.  

The Farewell 

I can't write for this blog anymore.  You may have noticed -- or not noticed -- that I stopped writing about one year ago.  It's not because green building doesn't interest me any more.  

I stopped writing because I just didn't have anything positive left to say.  And that is not what I wanted this blog to be about.  I started this blog because I was excited about the green building movement.  I started this blog because I had an "Aha!" moment when I studied for the LEED AP exam.  I started this blog because I wanted to help design and construction professionals navigate the legal hurdles certain to pop up from the green building movement.  I would like to think I helped in some way. 

(Quick plug:  I also stopped writing because I found a new passion: making ediscovery simple and affordable for small and medium sized law firms.  Check out ClaimKit if you are interested).  

But along the way, I came across one green building project that is a microcosm for all of the problems facing -- and created by -- the green building industry.  That project is Destiny USA.  

I was going to go into all of the details once again regarding that project.  But what's the point?  I've already written about it extensively.  Needless to say, I am skeptical that a mall expansion was deserving of LEED Gold certification or millions of dollars it received in government green subsidies.  

An Introduction 

Despite my lack of interest, I didn't want this blog to die because I really appreciate the community that came together around it.  I didn't want this blog to die, because I believe new green building programs, like energy benchmarking, will replace LEED certification as the primary driver of green building development.  

Thankfully, I have found someone to take over:  

Stuart Kaplow.  

Stuart is one of my favorite people.  I often refer to him as the Godfather of green building law.  He is the only attorney I know that has figured out how to make a living from green building law.  Stuart is incredible at fixing green building problems, whether through contracts, mediation or informal negotiations.  

And Stuart tells it like it is.  

Don't say I didn't warn you!  

So thank you to everyone for reading this blog.  Thank you for everyone that contributed.  And thank you for giving Stuart a chance -- I think you will enjoy his insights.  

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Marc Schneier - September 11, 2013 7:00 AM

Chris, I DID notice the lack of blogs over the past year and wondered what had happened. Good luck in your new career and I look forward to reading Stuart's blog in the future.


Doug Reiser - October 8, 2013 11:54 AM

Kudos to you for handing off to the mad genius of green building law. Great run here at GLBC. ClaimKit for life. Onward.

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