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I have a tiny, very old iPod that I choose to fill with songs ? often very long songs by artists specializing in those ? instead of podcasts. I live in New York City and thus never drive anywhere. I listen to music in the morning (shorter songs, generally, if you must know). So there?s really not much time in my life or day to listen to National Public Radio. My parents, on the other hand? well, the only iPods they have are in their minds, but they drive everywhere, live in New Jersey and are ? I?m tempted to put ?thus? here ? some NPR-listening parents. My wife listens. My sister listens. Friends. Just not me. But while I?m not totally immune to the charms of NPR, I?m mostly awed by the power of it. Even if it doesn?t always break stories for those of us who choose to keep up on LEED-certified mega-malls in the Bronx and the latest goings-on in Upper West Side community board heroics, NPR is how a great many right-thinking Americans find out about things. And so it is, I?d submit, a pretty big deal that NPR?s mighty All Things Considered did the first part of a two-part feature today on brand LEED, the USGBC and the ongoing mainstreaming of green building.
So, how was the story? Pretty darn good, I think. Of course it wasn?t super comprehensive ? it was a segment on a multi-segment public radio show, if you?re just joining us ? and much of the news about the pending surge in green building and LEED?s rise to prominence on college campuses is stuff regular gbNYC readers have already heard about. (In those instances, heard frequently) But, despite the fact that it?s clearly a good idea, much of the world doesn?t read gbNYC daily. Which means that the All Things Considered feature?s tour d?horizon of the green building scene is offering a tour of a horizon (it?s French) that many Americans know little about. And of course anything that dispels the falsely but commonly held notion that building green costs much more than building brown is welcome, especially when it?s beamed into the consciousnesses of a demographic that might still hold that (false, so false) notion.