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Green Building Initiative Recognizes First Materials Recovery Facility To Be Built Green in US

Today, the Summit County Government and the High Country Conservation Center celebrated a milestone when the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) became the first recycling facility in the country to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system for commercial buildings.

GBI executive director Ward Hubbell presented local leadership with a plaque recognizing the building's rating of Two Green Globes at the facility's grand opening. The building, which is also the first facility of its kind in the U.S. to be built green, was recognized for its merits in heat recovery, the use of salvaged and recycled materials and the maximization of daylighting.

"This building is a testament to the progressive environmental commitment of Summit County leadership," said Hubbell. "Green building does not only apply for big budget projects and cathedrals of architecture. I think the folks here in Summit County have realized that green building can be functional too."

The 11,000-square-foot building is an independently run, or "neutral," facility in Summit County that allows any hauler to collect and drop mixed recyclables at the facility and process them for market in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

The MRF building will substantially increase the type and volume of materials collected in Summit County as well as surrounding areas. This will in turn conserve valuable landfill space and resources, while also allowing for growth in the private recycling sector in this region.

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