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Sustainability Resources

EPA has extensive programs and information to help you create and maintain buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle , including:

Advanced Refrigeration Technology

  • GreenChill Partnership: GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Environmentally Preferable Building Materials and Specifications

  • EPA's Industrial Materials Recycling Program provides information on how industrial materials, such as coal combustion products, foundry sand, and construction and demolition debris, can be recycled to meet the material needs of our construction industry. Industrial materials can be recycled in construction applications because they have many of the same chemical and physical properties as the virgin materials they replace. In some cases, they can even improve the quality of a product.
  • EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program aims to make the environment a factor in federal purchasing of all kinds of products, including building products.
  • EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines program designates products that are or can be made with recovered materials, and recommends practices for buying these products
  • EPA’s Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) program provides detailed information on coal combustion products (CCPs), their applications, and the environmental and economic benefits of their use. CCPs are used in a variety of building applications

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Indoor Air Quality

  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) (sometimes also referred to as Indoor Environmental Quality or IEQ) is a critical component of constructing "green" homes and buildings. EPA's Indoor Environments Program offers several IAQ tools and programs designed to protect occupant health, promote comfort and productivity, and enhance the durability of structures.

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Managing Pests & Pesticides

  • PestWise - An EPA Partnership Program: Pestwise programs promote environmental stewardship to protect human health and the environment.
  • Integrated Pest Management: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.

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Smart Growth and Sustainable Development

  • EPA's Green Infrastructure program promotes a new approach to stormwater management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
  • EPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping that are designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution.
  • EPA's Brownfields Initiative works with public, private and non-profit partners to sustainably reuse sites whose redevelopment may be complicated by the real or perceived presence of contaminants.
  • EPA's Heat Island Reduction Initiative works with communities and other partners to reduce the heat island effect caused by urban patterns of development.
  • Parking Spaces / Community Places explores new, flexible parking policies that can encourage growth and balance parking needs with other goals.
  • Smart Growth On-Line Exit EPA Disclaimer provides details on the various aspects of planning and development that make up smart growth.

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Waste Reduction

  • Reducing and recycling C&D materials conserves landfill space, reduces the environmental impact of producing new materials, creates jobs, and can reduce overall building project expenses through avoided purchase/disposal costs.
  • EPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping that are designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution.
  • EPA's Industrial Materials Recycling Program provides information on how industrial materials, such as coal combustion products, foundry sand, and construction and demolition debris, can be recycled to meet the material needs of our construction industry. Industrial materials can be recycled in construction applications because they have many of the same chemical and physical properties as the virgin materials they replace. In some cases, they can even improve the quality of a product.
  • EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program supports the collection of used refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers, and implementation of best practices for the recycling/disposal of these units in compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
  • EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is a cooperative alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions, which harm the ozone layer and contribute to climate change.

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Water Use / Water Management

  • EPA's WaterSense program promotes and enhances the market for water-efficient products and services and educates homeowners, businesses, landscapers and others. WaterSense also develops performance criteria for water efficient products and services.
  • EPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping that are designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution.
  • EPA's Green Infrastructure program promotes a new approach to stormwater management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

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