The general public may not associate transfer stations with the sustainable building movement, but one of the feature stories in this month's issue shows how some of those facilities are incorporating environmentally friendly construction and design elements.

In “A Healthy Shade of Green”, Miles Gornto and Michael Kalish of SCS Engineers write that four transfer stations even have achieved certification by the highly respected Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Buildings are awarded LEED certification based such factors as energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and the use of renewable and local building materials. According to Gornto and Kalish, another 10 transfer stations across the country are working their way toward LEED certification.

LEED-certified transfer stations are but one example of the ways in which the solid waste industry is seeking to make its operations more environmentally friendly. For instance, many fleets are using alternative fuels. In “Fleet on the Forefront”, Fleet Owner Senior Editor Sean Kilcarr outlines the New York City Department of Sanitation's pilot testing of hybrid collection vehicles.

At Waste Age, we are committed to bringing you the information you need to “green” your operations. And so is our partner, the WasteExpo trade show. This year's conference, which will take place May 3-6 in Atlanta, will feature a “Green Management” track of sessions. The sessions in the track include:

  • “LEED: U.S. Green Building Practices and Waste Industry Impacts;”

  • “Is Climate Change a Game Changer for the Industry?;”

  • “Setting and Buying GHG Emission Offsets: Opportunities and Obstacles;” and

  • “Greening Your Fleet.”

For more information on this year's show, visit WasteExpo.com. And to receive Waste Age Green, our monthly e-mail newsletter dedicated to issues such as recycling and alternative fuels, sign up today.

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