green megamall called DestiNY USA in Syracuse, New York.
The notion that a gargantuan facility, presumably with Mall of America–sized parking ramps and amenities, can be both a temple of consumerism and a bastion of green thinking may seem preposterous, but Congel makes that claim. He says the mall will create 200,000 jobs, through countless shops and restaurants, 80,000 hotel rooms, a 40,000-seat arena and a Broadway-style theater, not to mention an "extensive research facility for testing advanced technologies and a 200-acre recreational biosphere complete with springlike temperatures and an artificial river for kayaking." More, the mall will be built without using a drop of petroleum, and it'll be completely energy independent. He says the ambitious plan, which will use solar, wind, and fuel cell technology, will bump national solar-electric capacity by 10 percent. How he aims to do it is through massive fundraising, corporate alliances with Intel, Microsoft, Clear Channel Communications, and others, and plenty of tax breaks.