Archive Going Green 2010

6 Secrets to Sustainable Success

Follow this proven advice to grow your greening efforts.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor


Twenty pounds. That's the weight of the very first load of recyclables processed by Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich., long before it became the state's first LEED-certified hospital. Today the facility boasts a 48,500-square-foot green roof, motion-sensitive lighting systems and a recycling program that diverts 110 tons of municipal waste from the landfill each year. But it was that 20 pounds that made a lasting impression on John R. Ebers, LEED AP, CEM, the hospital's sustainable business officer. "It served as the blueprint for the rest of our efforts," he says. "Looking back, starting small really taught us a lot." Here are some other insights to consider when growing your greening program.

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