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Spring 2021


Green building is a concept that has become more relevant as the world works towards creating more environmentally friendly ways to exist on this planet. As defined by the World Green Building Council, a green building is “...a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life.” (What is Green Building?, n.d.). Some cities in the world have made more progress with moving forward with green building than others. While individually these buildings are better for the environment than typical buildings, this paper takes a look at the potential impacts these buildings are having on the city as a whole as compared to cities of similar sizes. Taking a look at three cities that have had a high amount of green building initiatives and comparing them to three cities of similar size helps to gather an understanding of the potential impacts on these cities of green building. The cities chosen for the purpose of this paper are Beijing, China, San Francisco, USA, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates for their increase in green building in recent history. Additionally, this paper looks at three comparison cities to examine the potential impacts or lack of impact that green building has on the sustainability of a city as a whole. The three comparison cities chosen are, respectively, Osaka, Japan, San Jose, USA, and Jaipur, India.

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Student Papers in Local and Global Regional Economies