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24 May 2011

Green + Technology, 5 years later

Green Issue 2007
Green Issue 2011
InPark Magazine has been reporting on Green issues in the industry for five years. Starting in 2007, we thought it was important to shine a light on the conservation movement and its impact on the themed entertainment industry.

I remember when Natalie Spencer, who worked for Jack Rouse Associates at the time, sent me a link to a project that was LEED-certified. I recall thinking to myself: What’s LEED? But I played along and eventually figured out that LEED certification provided standards for judging a project or building’s environmental friendliness. And while outside of the design and construction industries LEED may still be a foreign acronym, within those circles, it is commonplace. And that’s a good thing.

Consumers have started to demand a level of conservation and sustainability in many aspects of life. While sometimes the ideals are simply given as much lip service as required to placate the masses, in many situations, real progress and change is happening. In fact, the progress of sustainable planning and the movement of technology go hand in hand. That’s why we’ve chosen to combine the topics into one issue. It seems as though you can’t discuss one area without incorporating the other.

It doesn’t end with this issue, either. We’ll continue to bring you the latest news in the world of green technology, and I hope you’ll look at ways to build more sustainability into your business as well.

-Martin Palicki

***This column was written for the Spring 2011 Issue of InPark Magazine, available free online, and available in print.