Green Biz California

Gorton & 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.


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.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics – Larkspur Orthodontist in Larkspur

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


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

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


Stand alone offices
Suites inside of office buildings
New Construction

Wrap into construction / remodel:

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

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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” (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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