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Learn & Plan Topics

  • Materials & Resources

    In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. The m...

  • U.S. Waste and Recycling

    The U.S. generated approximately 251 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012. Almost 87 million tons were recycled and composted, whi...

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

  • Policies & Strategies

    This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the co...
  • Flexible Workplace Design

    Today’s workplaces are often in flux. Organizations change direction or develop new services. People move to new sp...

Composting

Composting is the process of decomposing organic waste such as paper plates, food waste, and yard trimmings.  By composting, less waste is sent to the landfill.  Soil with compost improves plant growth with less water; compost can also be used for erosion control. 

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Whole Building Systems

  • Solid Waste - Building Recycling Program and Janitorial Service Contracts

    A recommended approach to developing and managing a cost-effective, sustainable waste management program is to: Form a multi-disciplinary team to r...

  • Solid Waste - Green Tips

    Conduct market research to seek opportunities to expand the recycling program to include Styrofoam, all plastics (#1–7), food/organic waste, and oth...

  • Solid Waste - Food Service Manager

    The Food Service Manager advises on sustainable concessions contracts, consistent with federal sustainability and health and wellness guidance, and ...

  • Solid Waste - O&M

    On average, 70% (by weight) of the total municipal solid waste, generated in a federal office building, can either be recycled or composted. The maj...

  • Solid Waste - Integrative Design Process

    The integrative design process understands that buildings, their components, and their context are interrelated. Whole building systems observe this...

  • Solid Waste - Resources

    By instituting an effective building recycling program, recyclable material replaces virgin material through multiple product lives. Recycling avoid...

  • Solid Waste - System Overview

    Cost Savings The national average landfill tipping fee was $45 per ton in 2012. Diverting waste from landfills can lower total waste disposal cos...

Materials

  • Compost

    Composting is the collection of organic food waste that can be used for fertilizer or soil enrichment once the food items biodegrade. Many types of...
  • Dish Washing Products

    Soaps and other cleansing agents are required for washing and sanitizing food service items. Select products that are plant-base...
  • Electronic Waste

    Small electronics and batteries should be collected and diverted from the waste stream because of their high concentrations of acids and heavy metal...
  • Cool Food Prep Area

    Surfaces used for food preparation should be easy to clean and anti-microbial. A sink should be within close proximity for both ...
  • Hot Pre-Made Food Pick Up

    Pre-made pick-up stations (sometimes referred to as "grab-and-go") requires food to be maintained for periods of time at a certain temperature. The...