"Green" has become the new black. It's fashionable to talk about sustainability, but putting words into action can require a complete realignment of business processes. Following through on the principles of Sustainable Design takes a deep commitment to reinventing best practices and, perhaps more significantly, to changing attitudes and behaviors. Like anything worthwhile, it takes dedication and hard work. CDi is committed to a future where all design is inherently green.
All of us at CDi are dedicated stewards of our community, our environment, and the future of our planet. We continually invest in deepening our expertise and reputation in Sustainable Design and then share that knowledge with our clients and our communities. As leaders in the healthcare sector, which encompasses central plants, campuses, cafeterias, laboratories, research facilities, areas of refuge, as well as the biotech industry, we have a tremendous opportunity - and responsibility - to act as change-agents in how the built environment gets built. And in doing so, to positively impact the lives of countless millions of people and the planet we all call home.
Since the Industrial Age - or maybe even the dawn of civilization itself - nature has been treated as something to combat, to fend off or to tame. Interestingly, the philosophies and practices associated with the field of Sustainable Design are in a near-180 degree opposition to this attitude.
We at CDi - and other thought leaders in the field - are increasingly drawn to what nature can teach us about living in harmony with the environment. We can harness our engineering and scientific expertise to analyze the natural systems and structures that have evolved over vast swaths of time. In doing so, there are fundamental lessons and principles that can be appropriated and deployed in the future development of the built environment.