Making Parking Lots Greener, Safer, More Attractive
Traditional surface parking lots can be problematic. They contribute to stormwater runoff, flooding and the heat island effect; and they can be unattractive and unsafe for pedestrians and drivers.
Montgomery County Pennsylvania's Sustainable Green Parking Lots guide helps planners address these matters. It shows how to improve commercial lots with natural drainage, permeable paving, strategic plantings, shading, pedestrian connections and effective lighting. It also describes how to create lots that fit the character of the building and neighborhood.
InterContinental Boston Donates Lamps to EcoBuilding Bargains;
How to Donate Furniture, Appliances, Electronics and Other Goods
InterContinental Boston recently donated 3 large boxes of surplus reading lamps, according to Fabienne Eliacin, Environment Services Coordinator. After IC Boston employees took what they wanted, Ms. Eliacin found a non-profit to take them: EcoBuilding Bargains in Springfield. They're the largest used building materials store in New England.
EcoBuilding Bargains salvages building materials, furnishings and appliances and sells them to homeowners at bargain rates. They take cabinets, lumber, doors, windows, tile, appliances, lighting fixtures, furniture, plumbing and more. The company has helped with hotel renovations by taking goods that hotels needs to dispose.
Here is a complete list of what EcoBuilding Bargains accepts and directions for arranging a pickup.
Other organizations also pick up reusable goods from Boston businesses. The Wish Project is one; here is a list of others.
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