Global changes over the last century have contributed to a disconnection between humans and the environment. The growth and development of our communities has a large impact on our natural environment. Rather than seeing ourselves as an intricate and essential part of life's cycle, we believe that we have power over Earth's ecosystems. The manufacturing, design, construction, and operation of the buildings in which we live and work are responsible for the consumption of many of our natural resources. As indicated by mounting scientific research from all corners of the globe, that approach is simply not sustainable, and our current way of living must be overhauled.