Word Watch: Green Sprawl

| March-April 2009

Noun, singular: A pejorative term lobbed at new buildings, both residential and commercial, that are green certified—yet lack access to public transportation, walking or biking trails, and pedestrian-friendly shopping areas. In its November 2008 issue, Sustainable Industries chronicles the fiery debate between those who argue that any green building—even a suburban McMansion—is a good green building and critics who contend that the additional car trips needed to get to and from far-flung green fortresses negate all their gains.