There's something of an irony in this press release from the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), explaining that "the child development center at its headquarters has been awarded a Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED ) designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)."
Why would this be ironic? Read on.
It's use of the "S" word (in bold) that provoked the thought of irony.
"To create a true learning environment for our future generation, we needed to do so by example," said Cathy English, the SEC's Assistant Director for Real Property and Facilities Support, who oversees SEC building projects. "The center was constructed using sustainable design criteria, more than 75 percent of the renovated building materials were reused, and remaining materials were primarily purchased from local businesses within a 500-mile radius to eliminate unnecessary fuel consumption and minimize pollution. This is an excellent way for us to demonstrate to our children that we can all be environmental stewards and provide eco-friendly surroundings."The definition of sustainability calls for balance of three factors. From Wikipedia:-
The field of sustainable development can be conceptually broken into three constituent parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and sociopolitical sustainability.Ooops.