Three main tenets of green building design include energy efficiency,
water efficiency, and minimal harm to the surrounding environment. The
scramble to get in on the exploding green market has had some
fundamental and interesting effects in the arena of green home design. One resonating theme among the different types of homes is harmony with
their natural surroundings, reuse of old, or existing materials, and
commitment to a low-impact life.
Melissa V. Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane
University where she is the founding director of the project on gender,
race, and politics in the South. Her previous book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black
Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the
Nat'l Conference of Black Political Scientists. Here, she reflects on her life and career and on American culture and politics while discussing her new book, Sister Citizen.