a recent technological development in aiding eco-friendly design are thin film solar panels, which are less efficient than crystalline solar panels but are much more cost effective and are aesthetically more appealing.
maybe we can take a hint from the Dutch's emphasis on conservation of space and resources (and OF COURSE... innovative architecture) and in turn their more sensible, alternative (to US) lifestyle?!
a great quote, "In the U.S. we have a culture that celebrates size and consumption for their own sakes- and on some level, the more resources we use, the more successful we feel." - architect Gregory Kiss
ah, consumption, our sure-fire demise.