stormwater on the site and avoid
contamination of the river that
runs next to the facility.
• Light colored paving, trees placed
to shade buildings, and a white
“cool” roof to reflect sunlight and
lower cooling demand and costs.
• Landscaping that doesn’t require
supplemental irrigation (
xeriscap-ing) to minimize potable water use.
• Bathroom and shower plumbing
that results in 40 percent less water
use than baseline calculations.
• Strategically placed skylights with
solar tracking reflectors, lighting
controls that automatically dim or
increase interior lighting depending on the need, radiant heating,
night flush cooling to replace air
conditioning and insulation in roof
and walls to reduce energy use.
• Building materials included recycled content and 20 percent of all
building materials were manufactured within 500 miles to reduce
transportation energy. Nearly all
wood products were Forest
Stewardship Council certified, and
low or no-VOC coatings, adhesives
and other related products were
used. Also, during reconstruction
of the Reno Service Center, over 75
percent of the construction waste
was recycled or salvaged.
to reduce their waste to less than 1 percent of the estimated waste generated in
a typical warehouse by creating a comprehensive LEED specified recycling program and taking other steps such as selling all their shipping plastic to a plastic
wood manufacturer and donating old computers to a local company that refur-bishes them for families in need. Patagonia also collects used garments via the
company’s Common Threads Recycling Program. For more ideas on reducing
waste, visit Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, ww.p2rx.org.
While recycling, reuse, remanufacturing and refurbishing are all good things
to do—they don’t address why waste occurs. Process flow analysis is a method for
Having a recycling program is a
must for any green business, and
many of you probably have one
already. Composting is yet another
way to reduce the amount of waste
that ends up in a landfill. When you
combine this with biodegradable
office kitchen/cafeteria items, this
reduces waste even more. Nature’s
Path donates all unusable spills from
their manufacturing line to local farmers for compost, they also have composting at their employee café which
is used to fertilize their grain demonstration gardens. Patagonia was able
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