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Tommy Linstroth, founder of Trident Sustainability Group, points to a model of an energy-efficient home Thursday while speaking to members of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. Linstroth promotes LEED-certified construction. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. - photo by Photo by Denise Etheridge

Keep Liberty Beautiful hosted the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Progress through People Luncheon on Thursday. We were honored to have Tommy Linstroth with Trident Sustainability Group as our speaker for the luncheon.  
Linstroth, of Savannah, has been involved in several exciting projects that promote green building practices and sustainable growth.
Some of the projects that have benefited from his expertise include the first building in the Southeast to be LEED certified and listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the nation, Abercorn Commons in Savannah; the first LEED McDonald’s restaurant, which is in Abercorn Commons; and Sustainable Fellwood, one of the largest green affordable housing developments in the nation. Sustainable Fellwood is on West Bay Street.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council website, www.usgbc.org. “It works throughout the building lifecycle — design and construction, operations and maintenance.”
As Linstroth noted in his presentation, sustainability is a way of living. It is not just limited to the construction or renovation of buildings. It can be the way we operate our businesses, maintain our offices and live at home. 
Here are a few ideas that we all can incorporate at home and at work to promote a healthier, sustainable way of life:
• Use low or no VOC paints.
• Maximize efficiency of water systems by replacing current faucets, showerheads, etc., that conserve water use.
• Select plant species that are drought tolerant, use less water and require no irrigation.
• Use rain barrels to collect water for landscape.
• Recycle “gray” water — leftover water from the washer, dishwasher, showers, etc. — and use it to water landscaping. 
• Opt for energy-efficient and cooler lighting sources, like CFLs and LEDs.
• Consider incorporating alternative energy resources, like solar panels, to supplement traditional energy sources.
• Don’t landscape. Xeroscape.
• Set up a recycling system at home and at work for items like plastics, aluminum, cardboard, glass, metals, etc.
• Encourage waste reduction through composting. Opt to purchase items with minimum packaging as often as possible. Encourage use of reusable containers as opposed to single-use containers, like plastic disposable water bottles.
• Minimize use of and exposure to hazardous particulates and chemical pollutants by selecting healthier choices in building materials, home furnishings, and home and office cleaning products, etc.
• Use Green Label Plus carpeting to minimize chemical pollutants.
• Reduce the use of impervious materials, like concrete, when developing driveways and walk areas.
• When replacing your roof, opt for “greener” roofing materials or incorporate a partially vegetated (or “green”) roof garden.
• At work, create incentives for alternative transportation by providing preferred parking for carpools and hybrids and storage for bikes.
• Recycle out-of-date electronics and household hazardous waste products
Note: Our next Recycle It! Fair for these types of items is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at our new location, the parking lot of the Liberty County Health Department at 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville.
We will accept electronics, cell phones and accessories, ink cartridges and toner cartridges, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, CFLs, household goods, used motor oil and antifreeze, car batteries, telephone books, gently used clothing, hardback books and household paint in good condition — cans must be well-sealed and not rusted.
We should not wait until drought restrictions or energy blackouts or mandates make us recycle and save water and
energy. 
It really is a no-brainer that we live on a crowded planet and we need to conserve our resources. Creating a sustainable way of life is a way for all of us to thrive. We will be healthier and our world will be more productive. It is a win-win for all of us.
For more information, call KLB at 880-4888 or email klcb@coastalnow.net.

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