building a sustainable and resilient community


The GreenDesignCollective was created by Emily Kemper, LEED AP, as part of a Master’s Thesis in Building Science at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture. The focus of the thesis is the “green your home” learning tool but the entire site was designed and launched with a loftier goal in mind: to start a dialogue within a given community about how to design greener buildings. Such is the meaning behind the tag line on the home page: “empowering your community to save energy through design.” The “green your home” tool serves this goal through encouraging a specific user group – homeowners – to save energy by renovating their homes in a way that will make them energy efficient. In the long run, it is hoped that the mission of the GDC will evolve to include multiple user groups, including homeowners and end-users of all buildings, but also to gather input from the design community itself.