People love to hate Washington. And yeah, historically it’s been a haven for rich, powerful white guys in funny outfits. But things have changed. And on a recent trip to the Capitol, I noticed these signs hanging everywhere in the underground tunnels. Treat waste like dirt. Genius.
Turns out the nation’s Capitol is pretty green. The new underground visitor center requires little lighting due to skylights and 50 percent of the building waste was recycled during construction. In coordination with the U.S. Botanic Garden, green efforts have expanded to include a number of educational programs, composting, recycling, state-of-the-art sustainable architecture, and promoting simple practices like turning off lights and computers when not in use. They’ve also been recycling since the 80s. Who knew!?
Here’s an interesting link to what’s going green at the Capitol.
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