Green design can mean a lot of different things. The term "green" has become so overused it is almost meaningless as a descriptor. The idea of green design encompasses everything from highly design orientated LEED certified buildings to mud huts with a solid foundation, roof, and good solar exposure and everything in-between. It can also mean looking to nature to solve other design issues, not just housing. For instance, environmental remediation, biomimicry in technology, sustainable agriculture, and much more.
The one thing that most green design projects have in common is the environmental forethought, planning and consideration that occurs before, during, and after the work. Green design takes a humble and inquisitive look at the state of nature and seeks to find a niche, replicate an existing environmental factor, or exist with it, in a more harmonious and mutually beneficial way.
(CC Image of an Earthship courtesy of Dominic Alves via Flickr)