Green Features and LEED Certification - Materials and Resources


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Many opportunities exist to recycle materials during and after construction to help lessen waste. The SAC recycled materials in many ways, including the following:


75% of construction waste diverted from landfills

Description: Recycled construction waste and scraps to lessen the demand on landfills.

Benefit: By diverting waste from landfills, pollution of the environment such as contamination of soil and groundwater is reduced.

Tip to get started: Identify ways to reuse construction scraps such as wood, metal, steel and plastic. Learn more at


20% recycled content new materials

Description: Used high recycled content concrete and steel. Also used recycled siding and carpet.

Benefit: By using recycled materials, natural resources are preserved.

Tip to get started: Consider using recycled materials for your next project to save money and conserve resources.


20% new materials extracted, processed and manufactured regionally

Description: Used stone that was obtained within a 500-mile radius.

Benefit: By purchasing stone from the region, the local community and labor are supported. Also, transportation costs are minimized because the stone can be transported using less energy.

Tip to get started: When comparing vendors, take into account geographic location before making a buying decision.


Break room and loading dock recycling and collection areasgreen_breakroom

Description: Created designated areas in kitchen and behind facility for the collection and storage of non-hazardous materials for recycling including paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics and metals.

Benefit: By designating a trash shoot for recycling in the staff kitchen, employees can more easily recycle materials. The recycling area outside the facility helps separate the recyclable materials from the non-recyclable materials, which makes it easier for pick-up. Hence, recyclables can be reused and fewer materials go to landfills.

Tip to get started: Contact your local waste and recycling provider to learn more about pick-up services in your area.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 12:56