Crisis or Opportunity: Sustainability in the Rural Southeastern United States.
Sustainable design is a method of planning and construction that maintains the integrity of the environment. The design is carefully planned so that natural resources do not become scarce or exhausted. Several technological advances, like photovoltaic lighting sources and geothermal cooling and heating systems, have been implemented in some designs to help decrease harm to the environment. Most of the advances in sustainability have taken place in large urban communities like Chicago and Seattle. The purpose of this research is to determine why sustainable building practices have not been introduced to the southeastern region of the United States as quickly as in other regions. The goal is to determine the factors that hinder the southeast from advancing in sustainable design techniques at the same rate as other regions. Based on the findings, new methods of incorporating sustainable design techniques can be developed that are specific to the southeastern region of the United States.
North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Brian Deal
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School of Architecture/ Urban Planning
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