Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in a movement that forever changed the landscape of equality in this country. He had a vision, a dream, and a hope for the future of this country and the people he loved. He put it all on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his own life, for the causes he believed in. To this day, he continues to inspire and motivate this great Nation to one that is more civilized and one that renders equality and justice for all.
While it pales in comparison, we who are involved in the Sustainability Movement have a similar passion and tenacity for building a more sustainable world, not only for ourselves but for the future. Like MKL Jr., we do not want to be silent about the things that matter! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. strove for a similar hope for the future; that his children and their children’s children would live in a world that they would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The United States Green Building Council, The Living Building Challenge and other similar Green Building Groups and Movements, while different individually, ultimately have the same vision collectively; to build a healthier, more sustainable world for today and the future. While hopefully none of us will be faced with giving our own lives for what we are so passionate about, our hope is that our children and our children’s children can live in a world that is healthy and sustainable. Today we salute, honor and pay respect to a man whose sacrifices could never be duplicated but whose legacy will never be forgotten and will be sustained forever.
By: Jessica Lieberman, Director of Marketing, LEED AP ID+C
Sustainability + LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, Building Commissioning
The Spinnaker Group Inc.