|Green Building Alert|
Workers in green buildings are more productive than their counterparts in more carbon-intensive offices, according to a new report from researchers at the University of San Diego.
|Tips to Make Your Holidays Greener|
|When buying small electronics, consider products powered by rechargeable batteries.|
Recycle your old phones and batteries when buying a new one.
Consider using LED lights to decorate your home – they use 90% less energy than conventional counterparts.
Reduce emission and pesticide use by buying local and organic produce for your holiday fest.
When using your fireplace, lower the temperature on your thermostat.
|Builders LEED the Way|
Sustainable buildings are an increasingly important part of environmental preservation. By building green, builders, property managers and tenants can enjoy reduced energy costs, pollution reduction and a healthier, more productive employee workspace.
In 1998, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED for short, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the country’s most recognized seal of approval for green buildings; it measures and certifies the sustainability of commercial and residential buildings.
|Wal-Mart Builds Stores with Less Environmental Impact |
As part of its Project Impact, Wal-Mart is building smaller and more efficient stores. New locations will be 8% smaller and cost 16% less to construct.
|Recycle, America! |
|America Recycles Day (ARD) was celebrated on Nov. 15 to promote recycling and to encourage Americans to buy recycled products.|
In honor of this day, Interstate All Battery Center is holding a national six-week recycling drive through Dec. 31. Customers can bring in a used car, laptop or cell phone battery in exchange for a free pack of alkaline batteries and a coupon for 20% off their next purchase.
Call2Recycle applauds IABC’s efforts to work toward a cleaner environment and raise awareness of the benefits of recycling.
In February and October, Call2Recycle underwent a rigorous audit process with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure we exercise safe practices in battery shipping. USDOT representatives searched through hundreds of boxes to confirm that batteries were individually wrapped and boxes were securely closed.
As a result of our efforts in cooperation with our program participants, we are proud to announce that our compliance has increased to 95%. As champions of safety compliance, Call2Recycle will always support the highest standards in battery safety.
|Small Businesses Can Make A Difference|
Battery Pack Rebuilders LLC is a small business that has recycled more than 15,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries since joining Call2Recycle. The amount of batteries collected is equivalent to the weight of about three mini-vans.
“There is a deep satisfaction that comes with knowing our organization has kept 7.5 tons of batteries out o