Green Reconstruction is an outline, an open work, for the repair of a world ravaged by three intersecting crises—of mutual care, of racial oppression, and of climate—that moves along two axes, the Green axis of ecological transformation, and the gilded axis of material redistribution, or Reconstruction. More specifically for the arts and sciences of the built environment, Green Reconstruction names a new curriculum, a change of course.
An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

On July 30, twenty-six teachers from professional schools in the built environment gathered virtually with the Buell Center and additional faculty from Columbia GSAPP, for an online workshop on "Green Reconstruction," which studies the interconnectedness of today's crises of care, political economy, and climate—emphasizing the pervasive force of racial capitalism throughout—to imagine what a genuinely system-wide response must entail.