Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.
Construction and Renovation: Site Selection and Design
Core Competency Areas
- Lodging Facilities Management
- Restaurant Management
- Selection, Procurement, and Supply Management
- Catering and Special Events Management
- Food Service Operations
- Green Meetings
- Human Resources Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Public Relations and Marketing
- Laws and Regulations
Desired Core Competencies
- Understand environmental concerns related to facility site selection and design.
- Understand how organization's environmental footprint impacts regional environmental quality.
Example Topics to Explore
- Avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a site.
- Assess natural resource use within locale of the facility.
- Conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
- Channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources.
- Ensure that new sites include a sediment and erosion control plan and a stormwater management plan (focus on minimizing impervious surfaces and incorporating low impact development (LID) stormwater management techniques such as bioretention, rain barrels, green roofs and green parking lots).
- Reduce "heat islands" (i.e., thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) by providing shaded areas, installing a "green roof," and/or underground parking.
- Where feasible, select locations close to public transportation.
- Include bicycle storage and changing rooms so that employees can commute to work via bicycle.
- Use local design features, materials which respond to local climatic conditions.
- EPA's Green Building
- EPA's Low Impact Development
- EPA's GreenScapes
- LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Project
- Global Footprint Network Overview
- Guide to the Millennium Assessment Reports
- Environmental Benefits
- A Quantitative Assessment of the Environmental Resource Impacts of the Hospitality Sector (Lodging Facilities) in US EPA Region 2 (PDF) (55 pp., 301KB, About PDF)
- Going Green