Sustainable design: mainstream or not

"I'm not convinced that sustainable design is, in any meaningful way, mainstream yet." That's one of the eye-openers in Camille LeFevre's essay for, "'The Green House' -- Not Quite Mainstream (But Getting Closer.)" Yet, she goes on to note, "Sure, my uncle built an adobe house of mud bricks. Two friends have installed energy-efficient furnaces. Various neighbors now heat with wood, have added insulation, installed double-paned windows, started composting, use low-flow plumbing, have native plantings, rain gardens and vegetable plots. And who hasn’t replaced their light bulbs?"

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture & Design runs through March 8, 2009 in Rapson Hall's HGA Gallery.