Gallery: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carol...

Liz Rooks: We have a very strong environmental committee on our owners and tenants association. The park companies are very supportive of our sustainability efforts. Our companies have done a lot with photovoltaic solar systems, and the plan recognizes there is more we can do with that. Just changing the basic land form to incorporate a mixed-use center is a major step in sustainability in itself. Developing around nodes will increase walkability for company facilities. People will be able to live and work within walking distance. In water management, we've identified natural drainage systems throughout the park and are planning ways to enhance them and do some rehabilitation in those areas. In conjunction with Durham and Wake Counties and the town of Cary, we're developing a reclaimed water system that will use non-potable greywater for things like irrigation and cooling towers.

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