Green and sustainable remediation addresses five core elements or factors for reducing the environmental footprint of a cleanup including:
- Minimizing total energy use while maximizing the use of renewable energy;
- Minimizing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants;
- Minimizing water use and impacts to water resources;
- Reducing, reusing and recycling materials and waste; and
- Avoiding or reducing adverse impacts to ecosystems and land resources.
Conduct a Greener Cleanup
The application of greener cleanup practices and activities can help to eliminate or reduce, to the extent practicable, total energy use, air pollutant emissions, greenhouse gases, water use, materials consumption, and ecosystem and water resources impacts resulting from the performance of assessment and remediation through energy efficiency, renewable energy use, materials management, waste reduction, land management, and ecosystem protection.
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Conduct Sustainable Remediation
The application of sustainability practices and activities maximizes the net environmental, societal and economic benefits of a cleanup. Sustainable Remediation encompasses a broader approach than Greener Cleanups.