Early one morning last month, over fresh-squeezed orange juice and silver platters of breakfast treats, a coterie of New York's leading architects, developers, politicians, and environmentalists convened in a chandeliered room at the Embassy Suites hotel in lower Manhattan for a conference entitled "Greening Our Downtown." The keynote speaker was Gov. George Pataki (R), who was there to receive an award from the U.S. Green Building Council for his efforts to promote green buildings in his state and, in particular, in downtown New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, architect Daniel Libeskind, and Gov. George Pataki. Photo: New …
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