“The Greening of Southie”: The hardhat crowd on Boston’s first residential LEED Gold building

November 16, 2008

“I use the double flush method all the time,” cackles a construction worker learning about dual flush toilets in the film, ‘The Greening of Southie’. Told from the point of view of the people responsible for designing, building, and selling the first LEED-Gold residential building in Boston, the film replaces regular folks for talking heads in this exploration of what it means to be green.

Courtesy Wicked Delicate Films

Courtesy Wicked Delicate Films

Ian Cheney, the film’s director, was on hand after the showing to answer questions from the audience. The event was graciously hosted by Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, a gorgeous facility pursuing its own LEED certification.

Unlike GreenHomeNYC’s usual monthly forums, admission was charged as a fundraiser for GreenHomeNYC and Wicked Delicate Films. Attendance was great and we want to thank everybody again for coming out.

To get your own DVD, find out more about the film, or otherwise contribute to Wicked Delicate Films, go to www.greeningofsouthie.com

About the move: From wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, The Macallen Building is something different––a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design. But Boston’s steel-toed construction workers aren’t sure they like it. And when things on the building start to go wrong, the young development team has to keep the project from unraveling.

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