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10 Ways Hospital Construction Can Go Green

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Keep the Site Clean

When passing a construction site, there are usually two things that come to mind: That place is so tidy, and those construction workers are so polite!

A green hospital construction site, though, can keep things clean, if not necessarily wolf-whistle-free. For starters, taking care not to trample or drive over or dig up or backhoe or spill paint on existing foliage and squirrels would help. I don't imagine a squirrel painted that particular shade of calming hospital green would find himself particularly soothed.

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As the construction project progresses, contractors can recycle or upcycle all the leftover bits of wood, rebar, flooring, drywall -- you name it, if it's in good shape, somebody wants it. There are businesses that specialize in recovering just this kind of non-debris, or there are drop-off sites in many cities where do-it-yourselfers can come buy unused building materials to make their sweet suburban chicken coops.

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