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Alex Wilson on The Green New Deal-an Opportunity for the Green Building Industry:https://www.buildinggreen.com/op-ed/green-new-deal-opportunity-green-building-industry"No industry will have a more important role to play in the Green New Deal than our design and construction industry. Our buildings account for about half of U.S. carbon emissions-more if you factor in energy consumption getting people to and from the buildings and communities we create-and especially if they're placed outside of existing population centers. We must shoulder a lot of the responsibility in this broad goal. We have to bring the carbon emissions from the building industry to zero and/or figure out ways to compensate for our collective emissions through carbon sequestration. A significant part of this effort will involve dramatic reductions in the embodied carbon of our building materials."