Others are finding ways to make a big difference with seemingly small steps, like going paperless or installing low-flow fixtures
across hundreds of properties.
NUWC Newport expects to see a 35 percent reduction in building energy performance, a 40 percent reduction in water usage through the use of low-flow fixtures
and rainwater harvesting, the use of white roofing and a light colored exterior building facade, the use of storm drainage practices to infiltrate or capture and treat 90 percent of all rainfall at the site, and a lighting systems equipped with occupancy and ambient sensors and dimmers.
The building is also aiming to achieve LEED certification, counting proximity to the subway (the 2/3 line is a block away), bicycle storage, 2,500 square feet of green roof surface, low-flow fixtures
and dual-flush toilets among its eco-friendly features.
The bathrooms are furnished with Kohler low-flow fixtures
, the cafe is outfitted with Energy Star appliances and office policy mandates participation in a green cleaning program.
All of the faucets, showers and toilets throughout the resort are water-saving low-flow fixtures
and air conditioning units in unoccupied rooms run at an energy-conserving 78-80 degrees.
In an effort to expand water-conservation efforts in Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter proposed Tuesday that all homeowners be required to replace conventional toilets with low-flow fixtures
when they sell their property.
But most people are stuck with the low-flow fixtures
, whether they like them or not.
WATER SAVVY Low-flow fixtures
help conservation in the kitchen and bath.
It should be noted, however, that water flow reductions based on low-flow fixtures
will probably result in higher-strength wastes entering drainfields.
We install low-flow fixtures
that don't compromise residents' comfort," he says.
Starwood has made reductions by working together with its properties, using low-cost, foundational initiatives such as installing high-efficiency LED lighting and low-flow fixtures
and faucets as well as capital improvements including enhancing or replacing mechanical systems.
Lawrence Avenue in the Bronx for a fuel conversion and energy efficiency retrofits, including insulation, low-flow fixtures
and an energy management system.