According to a New York Times article, it is getting easier to be green. As the environmental and health benefits of green catch on, there are more and more building occupants requesting living and working environments that incorporate green programs. New York, for example, has at least six new large buildings designed to meet elevated standards for energy efficiency and for the use of environmentally friendly materials.

Occupants within the buildings have commented on benefits such as reduced cost of water and energy bills, in addition to fresh air being filtered/circulated throughout their space. Another large advantage to the green initiative is to the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and paints. One occupant commented, "You don't have fumes everywhere from when they clean the carpets or paint."

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