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Green Buildings

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description EPA has made a commitment to green buildings in all of its facility renovations and construction. The US General Services Administration has set a goal of meeting a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDs) rating for all government buildings, and the EPA's North Chelmsford laboratory is expected to exceed that and receive a Gold LEEDs rating. The facility incorporates many green building features from energy efficiency to xeriscape. Cynthia Greene has taken the lead on green building design as EPA Region 1-NE prepares for its future move to the Post Office Square Courthouse in downtown Boston. In December 2004, EPA provided comments to architects and building management on sustainability aspects of the cafeteria, including space for recycling, collection of preparatory and plate food waste, recyclable dinnerware, unbleached napkins, and refillable mugs. Efforts are also underway to design a green roof; use environmentally preferable materials; institute a green cleaning program; and promote energy efficiency, recycling, and source reduction.

EPA Region 1-New England is also the co-lead on a bimonthly conference call with the Agency's San Francisco office, Region 9, in which Regional solid waste and facilities staff discuss their green building projects. Information on those projects, as well as other information on green buildings, can be found at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/greenbuilding.

More Info www.epa.gov/region01/topics/envpractice/gbuildings.html
Project Contact
Name Cynthia Greene
Phone 617-918-1813
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Facility Design
Industrial Sectors Construction/Demolition
Activity Keywords Conference, Website updates
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2005 [PDF]


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