The Innerbelt project has committed to achieving sustainability goals in seven categories, collectively referred to as the “Green 7” these include:
1. Energy and Energy Efficiency
2. Community Environment
3. Green Building
4. Waste Reduction and Recycling
5. Green Project Administration
6. Materials and Resources
7. Construction Practices
Here are some of the ways we are accomplishing these goals:
1. By using construction vehicles with greater load-carrying capacity, we have documented savings of over 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel – or enough to power a big-rig from Cleveland to Salt Lake City… and back, 130 times!
2. By reducing the fuel usage during earthmoving, we have saved more than 1,139 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
3. All of our design and construction staff members are located in pre-existing buildings that are very near the project. These existing buildings were not remodeled with new materials and have been upgraded with efficient lighting and HVAC improvements. No new buildings were constructed for temporary office use, and most team members are less than a mile from the jobsite. ODOT project staff members are located in the same building, reducing the need for team members to drive to meetings.
4. The demolition debris from the project is processed, sorted and more than half of all materials are recycled. For example, we have recycled almost 5,055,000 pounds of steel. Yes, that’s MILLIONS of pounds – or about the weight of 1263 average-size sedans!
5. By reusing and recycling materials (like brick, concrete, asphalt, rebar and more) we've prevented more than 125,000 cubic yards of waste from entering landfills. That's more than twice the concrete it took to build Cleveland Browns Stadium (60,000 cubic yards).
|Waste Diverted from Landfills