This going green thing is more than just a fad. Businesses and developers across the Cape Fear region are using nature friendly materials and styles in their buildings to save money and save the environment. The Lower Cape Fear Hospice's new facility is top of the list, and received the Lower Cape Fear Outstanding Stewardship Award. Recycled carpet and geo-thermal heating & cooling, are just some of the things that make the building green. “All of our staff, every office has some sort of natural light that they can get, which is really neat because we came from rental spaces where we didn't even see the sun, or know what the weather was doing,” said Lower Cape Fear Hospice President and CEO Laurie Bystrom. “Most of us don't even turn lights on in our offices because we have enough natural lighting to not need that.” There are many aspects about the green building that you don't really even notice. For instance, the river in the gardens takes recycled storm water from the slanted roof and re-uses it in the river. Earl Worsley's Masonboro Lodge received a significant achievement award. It is built around a large oak tree to keep a taste of nature on the property. “It was developed around the tree behind us, once we set that in stone - we looked at other architectural features and engineering features that we could incorporate in the green type building area,” said Worsley. Developers and business owners agree that going green benefits the environment, and their bottom line. “Well, I think it's the right thing to do,” said Worsley, “I think a lot of people are embracing the green building alliance movement and I think that we'll probably see more and more of that in Wilmington.” Other stewardship award winners include the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal in Southport, the City of Wilmington Street Sweeper Complex, and Brunswick Forest.
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