Monday, November 06, 2006

Builders take ecology into account

Whether it's using recycled carpet, denim for insulation or waterless urinals, buildings in San Gabriel and Pomona valleys are becoming more "green."

"Twenty-five years ago, environmentalists represented one fringe group of the community," said Gary Kates, dean of Pomona College in Claremont. "Now, those who aren't environmentalists are in the fringe."

As recycled materials become more available, and as energy costs continue to rise, experts said thinking green makes environmental and business sense.

"When we first started, we couldn't find recycled materials," said Annie Argento, operations manager of Pasadena-based Yorkshire Development. "Now, the industry has exploded."

Mark von Wodtke, co-founder of Environmental Design Group in Claremont, said he has seen a spike in environmentally friendly architecture. Read More

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