Waco "greenery" continues to grow

POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 3:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:32am

WACO -- From going green, to gone green, the City of Waco has made huge strides in recent years to become more sustainable.

With organizations, businesses and schools working together to pass along what it means to be green, Earth Day will go from being 24 hours, to a way of life.

"We need to make sure that there's something left for the future generations. and that's the basis of sustainability," LEED certified contractor and CWA Construction President, Herb Cross said.  

"Waco is green, that's kind of our color," Keep Waco Beautiful Executive Director Sherri Street said.

From the simple task of recycling, to constructing eco-friendly buildings, experts say a little extra cost up front will save not just the environment., but you, cash.

"Short term, lots of times it's more expensive. long term, it saves you so much money," Street said.

"They will effectively get, less operational expense over the lifetime of that facility," Cross said.

Waco is actually ahead of the curve because they continue to build LEED Certified buildings. Which are buildings made largely from recycled materials, which is significant because about 75 percent of what's in our landfills is from construction waste.

But for LEED certified contractors like Cross, their construction projects are designed to cut down on such waste.

"the more waste you divert from the landfill, the more credit your get in the program," Cross said.

And as for the next generation, Sharon Harborth, the Eco Club sponsor at Midway High School says the future of sustainability is bright.

"It's really fun to see the passion in the kids when they want to recycle when they want to, you know, conserve the water and all of that. And so it's good to see that we're going to be taken care of and that our Earth is going to be taken care of," Harborth said.

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