Last Thursday was Earth Day. Students at a school near San Francisco visited a solar power installation, on the school grounds. The developer owns and operates the system, and sells the power to the school. Such government incentives are both common and effective, generating many start-ups and local jobs.
Architecture in recent years has been trying to combat the negative effects of construction on the atmosphere by leaning towards using more sustainable building and construction materials. Building high performance houses are one way that architects have been creating new buildings to reduce the energy used which is