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Green Biz CaliforniaGorton & Schmohl Orthodontics was built to be a LEED qualifying business and have obtained the Marin County Green Business certification, practicing within a LEED Gold Status building. As one of the early dental offices nationwide to incorporate a “green” philosophy into their practice, Dr. Gorton was asked to share a presentation with other dentists in a national webinar addressing green dentistry.

Patients:

An increasing number of patients suffer from hypersensitivity reactions. Ecologically conscious products minimize the risk of an allergic reaction being triggered by your office environment.

Staff/ Team Members:

Staff members (including the doctor!) are in the office for very long stretches of time, several days a week. A healthy environment helps with staff productivity and retention.

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LEED Certified vs. Green Business:

LEED Certification is the “Gold Standard”, however the additional time and cost involved can be daunting for solo practioners / small business owners.

Alternative ways to Go Green:

Unofficially: You can review LEED guidelines and other resources and implement them on your own
Officially: Often there are local Green Business Certification programs which can be more cost effective and they help confirm proper implementation

TOP 3 REASONS TO START IMMEDIATELY

1) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design:
LEED is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. It began in 1994 –
OVER 20 YEARS AGO!

2) Increased patient awareness:
Environmental responsibility is increasingly becoming an expectation

3) Savings are better sooner:
The earlier in the life of your practice you start saving, the more you get out of it. Increases resale value of practice

Worldwide:

Stand alone offices
Suites inside of office buildings
Homes
New Construction
Remodel

Wrap into construction / remodel:

Zero VOC paint and glue
Metal stud framing
Sensor lights and faucets
Master switch for electricity and water shut off

Marin Orthodontists

Eco supplies:

Post-consumer recycled content paper products (min. 30%)
Go paperless for everything (except toilet paper)
Increased durability (minimize waste)
Reduced toxicity (ie no bleach)
Avoid antibacterials and aerosols
Look for “Green Seal”, “EcoLogo”
www.goodguide.com (rating > 8.1)

Electronics awareness:

Look for Energy Star & EPEAT rated (for computers/monitors)
Upgrade/Expand functions for a longer useful life
Reuse (not just recycle) equipment by giving to schools/organizations

Proven performance:

Saves money
Reduces energy consumption
Reduces water consumption
Improves indoor air quality
Facilitates better product & material choices

Lifetime of returns:

LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%.
Money saved can be reallocated to attract and retain top employees, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies.

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HELPFUL WEBSITES:

Nationwide:
http://www.gbci.org/
California:
http://www.greenbusinessca.org/

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