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Director’s Message

Welcome to DCAT’s new and improved website! We hope you enjoy learning more about our history, approach, and projects, and gain helpful information and resources.

We are actively engaged in a broad range of programs and activities, all focused on creating crucially needed transitions toward sustainable practice, primarily in the area of building and development. Since most of the problems we’re facing on this small planet are systemic in nature, DCAT takes a highly integrated approach to fostering change.

DCAT has taken on the challenge of addressing the institutional barriers to sustainable building and development found in building codes in an ongoing and focused manner. We have made remarkable progress by developing collaborative relationships within the code and green building communities, and defining a long-term vision of sustainability based on the common goal for both: creating a safe and healthy environment for our own and future generations.

Creating workable alternative solutions and systems requires developing the capacity for change in individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions…not just changing or improving technology. Our goal is to empower people and organizations to look at all of the relationships and consequences related to what they do and to grow into full responsibility for making informed decisions that consider their effect on all people and all species, now and in the future.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Compton Foundation specifically for this project, and general support from our other contributors, the new website is a huge step towards our goal of providing a comprehensive forum for communication, education and collaboration. The message board will be further developed, and we will be adding an “Interactive Forum,” where you will be able to share your experiences with sustainable building and building regulations (contributing to our ongoing research), access workspaces such as for code change proposals that facilitate green building, and network with others with similar interests.

We encourage your feedback as our website evolves and hope our site supports your quest for useful and empowering information.

Best Regards,

David Eisenberg

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