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Seattle gets even greener, starting with its biggest buildings:

Brian Geller, executive director of the Seattle 2030 District Photo: Greg Hanscom Seattle, a.k.a. the Emerald City, looms Oz-like in the imaginations of eco-minded architects and designers. Its reputation for being uber green drew architect Brian Geller to the city from New York a few years ago. Now, he looks at the skyline rising above Elliott Bay and sees how much greener the place could be. More than 70 percent of the electricity generated in this country goes to heating, cooling, lighting, and otherwise powering our homes, offices, and other buildings . This accounts for a whopping 38 percent of our globe-warming carbon dioxide emissions. Tighten up those buildings by adding insulation, getting smart about heating and cooling systems, etc., and you can slash the energy use by 20 to 50 percent, making a good-sized dent in your ecological footprint. And why not start wit...

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