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terrified to find out that our oceans are teamingwith shards of plastic and ourwater supply is taintedwith the residue of hun- dreds of years of pharmaceuticals entering the cycle from the child-proof bottle to the toilet – sometimes filtered by our kid- neys, sometimes not. AlGore is still alive and kicking, and if you haven’t heard


of global warming, you are a lost cause. I can’t tell you if it’s the real deal or not, but it’s out there. And so on and so on. With all the catastrophes waiting to happen, I might just need a bottle of water to wash downmyValium. If they can build a parking structure and minimize its


effect on the environment, I am all for it, but there’s always a rub. The gadgets and gizmos that make large structures green often complicate the function of that structure. When water and power-collection systems are part of


infrastructure, they must be maintained the same way every other element of the infrastructure is maintained. Sustainable buildings absorb resources like any other building, just at a different pace and in a differentmanner.And when that build- ing or its systems become defunct, it’s all just more waste headed for a landfill. For all my posturing, I don’t know all that much about


the complicated cycles of energy, waste and conservation in the United States or other countries. But I do know that some things will never really be green – things such as dis-


But I’m not a complete snob, an ignorant grouch or an environmentally indifferent goon.


posable utensils and plates, plastic and paper grocery bags, concrete, batteries and high-tech electronics. The best we can do with those things is not to use them at all, but if we must, to use theminmoderation and, invariably, to dispose of them carefully. My idea is that the real trick is to ensure that producing


something green isn’t more wasteful than producing it the same old way we always have; that achieving a green label is not a goal to be reached at any cost, but a process to be carried out thoughtfully. Corporations around the world have proven that their


ethics are questionable and their marketing techniques are absolutely ruthless. I am hopeful the green movement will help protect our environment and produce environmentally friendly options for those of us who want them. If Propark America and Greenscape Capital Group


build a parking structure that is truly green, I will be even more hopeful.


Melissa Bean Sterzick is PT’s amateur parker and proofreader. She can be reached at Melissa@parkingtoday.com.


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