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The Barona Resort and Casino on the Barona Band of Mission Indians’ lands in California received LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) in April 2010. Exit EPA Disclaimer Certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impacted the project itself and the broader community. A few of these key features included Barona’s extensive recycling efforts, including the recycling of paper, cardboard, batteries, plastic, electronics, styrofoam and guestroom soap; the use of green maintenance and cleaning products; a shuttle program for guests and staff to reduce the property’s carbon footprint; parking spaces designated for alternative fuel vehicles; and an educational program about Barona’s environmental efforts, which is available to staff, as well as resort guests. To date only a few hundred buildings in the U.S. have achieved LEED-EB certification, of which only a handful are hotel or resort properties. For more information, please visit the Barona Resort & Casino Exit EPA Disclaimer website.

Building and Renovation construction has an enormous impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, casinos can maximize both economic and environmental performance of their business. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained when design and construction teams take an integrated approach towards a building project at the earliest stage possible. The following websites and documents provide tools, strategies, information on economic benefits and tribal perspectives for green building and renovation.

To make it easier to buy recycled, the EPA periodically updates the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG). Through the CPG, EPA designates items that must contain recycled materials when purchased with appropriated federal funds by federal, state, and local agencies, or by government contractors. Several construction products are among these items.

  • Building Savings: Strategies for Waste Reduction of Construction and Demolition Debris, Tribal Waste Journal (PDF) (9 pp, 748K, About PDF)
    This issue of the Tribal Waste Journal presents affordable and creative options to prevent illegal dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) materials; save money on disposal costs of these heavy, bulky materials; and maintain clean lands.

  • RCRA in Focus: Construction, Demolition, and Renovation (PDF)
    (24 pp, 1.3MB, About PDF)
    If you are involved with building construction, demolition, or renovation, you create construction and demolition (C&D) debris. These materials can consist of three types of waste: (1) Inert or non hazardous waste; (2) hazardous waste as regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and (3) items that contain hazardous components that might be regulated by some states.

  • Economic Benefits of Green Building; Buildings and Vehicles
    This website provides information on the economic benefits of building green. Topics include the economic benefits of green building design and managing the cost of green buildings.

  • Low Impact Development (LID)
    LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage storm water as close to its source as possible. LID employs principles such as preserving and recreating natural landscape features, minimizing effective imperviousness to create functional and appealing site drainage that treats storm water as a resource rather than a waste product. See the Water Quality and Conservation section for more information.

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