As is apparent from my “Analysis” page, I tried to examine a variety of criteria to determine the reason behind choosing a particular site to build a green building. However, my analysis was limited to using the elementary GIS applications, due to which I was not able to derive at a final and certain conclusion. Rather I have derived at a primitive conclusion, based on the assumptions I used for my analysis, and further research would be required to validate this conclusion.
Initially, looking at the map of Green buildings in NJ, it seemed like these buildings would be built by and in more affluent areas, since building outside of the norm is expensive. However, during my analysis I realized that having money was not a reason for going green (since the buildings were built both in high per capita income areas as well as low per capita income areas). Even though the Green buildings were built in both affluent and economically challenged areas, they were more likely in a White majority neighborhood instead of ones with the minorities. Since we have already disregarded the idea of economic status playing a role in the constructions of Green buildings, perhaps this could be because as a group, the Black and Hispanic population are still struggling to make a place in the society for themselves and have more personal problems to deal with rather than “going green”.
I find that building Green maybe also a matter of environmental concern and healthy competition between builders to earn higher LEED ratings. I believe this because of the fact that these buildings are built closer to Railway lines, which as I noticed in my Analysis, encouraged environmentally better methods of transportation. Also these buildings were built on known contaminated areas, which gave the builders a chance to clean and rehabilitate these areas instead of destroying untouched “green” fields.
Another incentive for building green are economic reasons. Environmentally heedful buildings are also light on the energy bills. For instance, more windows and influx of natural light would mean less use of electric lighting and hence a lower electricity bill. This could explain why a many schools and financial institutions ( like PNC bank) are interested in going green.