Talking Both Kinds of Green at Reuters’ Global Environment Summit

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Speaking of lousy finances (we know, you thought you’d be safe here from all this sad talk, but we have a job to do), we talk a lot about the what-ifs of the museums’ money or analyze the troubles and/or good days architects are having, but heading over to check out the reports from this week’s Reuters Global Environment Summit, a conference featuring the heads of companies and all with a financial tint to it, there’s some interesting pieces of info to digest. Actually, too many to talk about here, and maybe a little more heavily ‘green’ focused than what fits into the scope of our little blog, but well worth checking out the whole rundown of speakers thus far (the event concludes today, so there’s likely more to come). But related more to us, we found this discussion with Bill Valentine of the mega-firm HOK really interesting, particularly that he sees that big growth is right around the corner for architecture, once everyone starts building with more emphasis on environmental concerns. Something along the lines of that ‘green collar’ term we’ve been hearing about (which, incidentally, we’ve always thought sounded kind of lame), that new buildings will always need to be built, or old ones redesigned, and with more concern for greening things up, such will result in more people working on it, new job requirements being made, and an overall increase in business as the transition becomes the norm. He also seems to hint at the old ‘early bird gets the worm’ idea, which is why he’s been pushing HOK for years to get heavily wrapped up in all things green. We shall see how it all pans out.

Back to the Summit real quick, we also recommend that you check out their blog, detailing some of the more recent events and speakers.