We know what you’re thinking: how does a transportation service go green? Let’s take a look.
Before even breaking ground on our offices, Carl Haley, GA’s CEO and President, laid out plans for a greener, more environmentally friendly facility. GA worked with Hawkins development to implement a myriad of initiatives, resulting in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
“This project is an excellent example of how a building once damaged by a devastating flood can be renovated and revitalized, said Tommy Brown of Hawkins Development Co., “[and] become a model of environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.”
Grand Avenue committed to a 26% reduction in energy use within the office facility, which opened in February 2012. The building boasts a light-reflective roof, motion-sensor lights, skylights for more natural light visibility as well as a state-of-the-art, high efficiency HVAC System. It is worth mentioning that Grand Avenue recycles paper products and our vehicles’ used motor oil is also recycled to heat our on-site maintenance building.
In addition, the building is equipped with sensors that automatically switch off lights when a room is empty and all restrooms have low flow fixtures installed to reduce water consumption. The results speak for themselves: these initiatives resulted in a 30% reduction in water consumption, 30% reduction in energy consumption and our recycling efforts helped to divert 50% of waste that originally headed straight to the landfill.
All of the furnishings within the offices are locally sourced and incorporate used and remanufactured furniture from Office Furniture + Related Services, a Nashville based company, located Downtown.
This weekend, Nashville will host various Earth Day celebrations around town, including the annual event in Centennial Park on Saturday April 20th. For more information on events in town, visit our friends over at NowPlayingNashville.com or Nashville.com.
To read more about Grand Avenue’s Green Initiatives click here (courtesy of the Nashville Post, Feb. 2nd, 2012).
There are a million ways to do your part to make Nashville the “Greenest” city in the Southeast.
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