Forget the hippy fairs and eco chic enclaves, why not just make an entire mall eco-friendly? Chicago will do just that with the Green Exchange, which has been pipped as the world's first eco mall, when it opens in 2008. The 250,000 square foot building will hold approximately 100 vendors. Asides from retailers, there will also be an organic cafe and restaurant, sustainable furniture store, service providers and designers. They hope by providing a mass of green shops all in the same location, that vendors will benefit from each others trade as consumers find out what a wealth of green products are available rather than having to search out niche stores.
And I bet you wondered how green the actual building will be? The site is being developed in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design standards under the auspices of the US Green Building Council. These standards give benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
Would you like to see a green mall in your town/city? Lets hope many more locations follow Chicago's initiative.
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