See the cut Calla Lily
If you think a green home includes living indoor plants, guess again. Watch both of these videos about the Smart Home exhibition at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
You will see that there are no plants visible in this version of a "smart" home. There is, however, a vase with a cut Calla Lily. Is this supposed to be an example of a sustainable green plant?
Note that both the Museum president and Smart Home architect have a living plant close by them.
UPDATE 2009: It is really a smart home now. There are now EarthBoxes on the upper deck of the Smart Home. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I believe this would not have happened without The Growing Connection, a UN organization stepping forward.
This Smart Home could have been a wonderful demonstration of 21st century edible and decorative greenscaping using modern sub-irrigation methods. The technology is here now but poorly understood.
Incidentally, I also noted that “high-tech” clay pots and saucers from Botanicalls are included in the exhibit inside the museum. How green is that? Hardly!
We have a long way to go.