King LEED 4 Materials & Resources

Does the building and its occupants make efficient use of materials and resources?

Traditional Recycling

Recycling bin at print release station

Numerous recycling containers are distributed where they are most needed throughout the library.

Materials collected include:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • cans
  • bottles
  • toner cartridges
  • batteries
  • pallets

Many recycled materials including steel, concrete and wood products were incorporated into the building during construction.

All construction projects in the building are required to recycle at least 75% of their waste.

Non-Traditional Recycling

A redwood tree (left) from the site was incorporated into the public art.

In addition to traditional recycling, King Library provides opportunities for recycling non-traditional materials as well.

Vintage brass doors that were part of Wahlquist Library (the previous SJSU library on the site) were salvaged and reused in King.

Friends of the Library operates a used book store near the campus entrance to the building.

The Beethoven Center on the fifth floor collects cell phones for recycling.

Aging furniture was reupholstered and rebuilt instead of discarded.

A tree that had to be removed from the site to make way for the building was sliced into veneers and used to cover one column from the lower level all the way up to the 8th floor, as part of the public art installation. The column pays tribute to the tree and serves as a point of reference.

Reduced Mercury Fluorescent Lamps

Philips makes the lamps with the lowest mercury content; the green end cap is their trademark.

All fluorescent lamps require mercury in order to work. The mercury is contained within the glass tube and poses no threat to building occupants unless the lamp is broken.

Due to concerns about mercury from discarded lamps accumulating in landfill, some localities, such as the state of California have mandated special disposal procedures that allow the mercury to be reclaimed.

Lamp manufacturers are working to reduce the quantity of mercury in each lamp to a bare minimum.

All fluorescent lamps purchased for King Library have the least mercury content available for the specifications required.

All burnt-out lamps that are replaced are recycled.

Environmentally Preferential Procurement Policies

Recycled content office paper

Some products have a lower environmental footprint than others, but which ones are they?

An environmentally responsible procurement policy, developed for the whole building, can help promote better products by indicating that they are preferred or by making them the default product, if the end user does not specify another product for a specific reason.

An example of this would be for a procurement department to test recycled content paper to determine the maximum recycled content that works well in the copiers in the building, then to make that the product that is ordered whenever someone asks for copier paper.

Green Cleaning

Green cleaning products are used wherever they are effective.

Green cleaning products are less toxic to the building occupants and have less impact on the environment.

  • Vinegar is an excellent disinfectant and is used for cleaning bathrooms.

Prior to 2009, janitorial staff was using disposable mop-heads and rags but now they wash and reuse them.

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