The materials and resources that make up a building’s exterior and interior can be major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. To combat this pollution, TMS Real Estate & Facilities (RE&F) places a major emphasis on recycling waste, as well as using environmentally-friendly materials to operate and maintain its facilities.
Through its campus-wide recycling program, TMS Headquarters has achieved zero waste to landfill, meaning that it does not send any waste directly to the landfill (some waste is sent to a waste-to-energy facility and resulting ash may be landfilled). Operationally, TMS buildings are maintained with products that pass stringent environmental standards, including green cleaning materials and other recycled products.
During the renovation and refurbishment of TMS Headquarters in 2007, RE&F repurposed more than 2/3 of the old furniture for other uses and local organizations. Additionally, all new carpet tiles were manufactured with 51% total recycled content and are 100% recyclable. The new ceiling tiles, which were made with 49-55% recycled content and are 100% recyclable, have a 30-year warranty to guarantee a long life cycle. Furthermore, all new Knoll furniture is Greenguard and Forest Stewardship Council certified, guaranteeing that the product has low chemical emissions and that the wood came from responsible sources.
During the renovation of Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) Port of Portland Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC), railroad tracks and switches were constructed from previously used components. Of the new building materials, 43% were manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the port, and 57% of the raw materials used to manufacture these products were extracted, harvested or recovered within the same 500 mile radius. In addition, at least 75% of all materials used at the site contain recycled content, and 99% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.