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"Green Dream House" Erected
Washington, D.C.— Construction is complete on the
America Recycles Day Green Dream House in McCook, Nebraska. The Green
Dream House was the National Grand Prize for America Recycles Day 2001.
Judith Mahoney of McCook won the prize, valued at approximately $200,000,
when her pledge to recycle more and to buy recycled products was drawn
at random from more than 6.2 million America Recycles Day pledge cards.
America Recycles Day is celebrated annually on November 15.
The 1,600 square-foot, three-bedroom home was constructed
using recycled-content building materials and energy efficient equipment.
The team used resource-conserving design principles and waste reduction
practices, making this home a national model for smart, green design and
construction. The home was also designed to complement the architectural
diversity and historical nature of its McCook, Nebraska neighborhood.
Building the Green Dream House was a collaborative effort
with local, state, and national partners. “The Green Dream House
is a great way to showcase what America Recycles Day is all about—using
natural resources more wisely by recycling and using recycled products.
Millions of Americans recycle everyday, generating thousands of tons of
recyclables that are used to manufacture hundreds of new products, many
of which were used to build the Green Dream House,” says Kate Krebs,
executive director of the National Recycling Coalition and America Recycles
“With the support of our national sponsors —
Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Ford Motor Company, the National Soft Drink
Association, Recycle America Alliance/Waste Management, Staples, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, and the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance
— we’ve shown that it makes economic and environmental sense
to build green,” says Krebs. Other project partners include the
Nebraska State Recycling Association, which managed the project, and Gilpin
Construction, a local company that served as the prime contractor.