Helping Build a Green Future
As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), we are setting an example for other construction-based companies by recycling our waste products and reusing them again in the manufacturing industry. Our waste management plans and green reports are available upon request.
It is our intent to commence the recycling process, with respects to construction debris, by insuring, the re-utilization of construction debris collected to the manufacturing process, redirecting reusable material to appropriate sites, resulting in a diversion of construction debris from Landfill Disposal. Cooper Tank Recycling with a recently installed state of the art separation and screening system, committed to insure that all recyclable construction debris are directed towards this goal of recycling for reuse.
What is LEED
LEED stands for Leader in Energy and Environmental Design, and it was started by the USGBC in 1998. In turn, the Green Building Rating System was established by LEED to provide a set of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Their rating system addresses 6 major areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. LEED's ratings range from certified to silver and gold, and they include the highest level – platinum. LEED was created to define "green building" by:
|• Establishing a Common Standard Of Measurement
• Promoting Integrated, Whole-Building Design Practices
• Recognizing Environmental Leadership In the Building Industry
|• Stimulating Green Competition
• Raising Consumer Awareness Of Green Practices
• Transforming the Building Market
LEED & New York City
On January 1st, 2007, New York City established Local Law 86 (LL 86), which required that most New-York-City-owned buildings achieve a LEED certified or silver rating. These silver standards for new construction call for energy reductions of 20% or more as well as water usage reduction. LL 86's long-term goal is to establish green building design as a necessary standard practice.