“The Greening of Southie” A Must See Documentary

Documentaries are my favorite genre of film, and some of the most interesting are about the environment and sustainability. “The Greening of Southie” by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis is no exception.
The film chronicles the building of South Boston’s Macallen building as its builders go for gold status in the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. From recycled steel to bamboo flooring, to planting a garden on the roof, the designers and builders use a variety of resources to make their building as green as possible.
Cheney and Ellis (whose names you may recognize from “King Corn”) do a great job of showing the entire process that goes into creating a green building. Through the perspectives of foremen, architects, ironworkers, general construction workers, the building’s owner, and even future tenants the viewer sees this landmark building come to life.
This film is particularly relevant for two reasons. First it deals with a building in our state capital, and second, that building is a revolutionary one. It is the first building to achieve gold status for LEED certification, and also set a precedent for all buildings in the city of Boston to come.  So, if you have a few hours, and love watching documentaries check this film out!

The Greening of Southie Official Website

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED website

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