Draft ASTM Green Cleanup Core Elements

Green Cleanup Core Elements

1.  Minimizes Total Energy Use and Maximizes Use of Renewable Energy

  • Minimize energy consumption (e.g., use energy efficient equipment)
  • Power cleanup equipment through onsite renewable energy sources
  • Purchase commercial energy from renewable resources

2.  Minimizes Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Minimize the generation of greenhouse gases
  • Minimize generation and transport of airborne contaminants and dust
  • Use heavy equipment efficiently (e.g., use a diesel emission reduction plan)
  • Maximize use of machinery equipped with advanced emission controls
  • Use cleaner fuels to power machinery and auxiliary equipment
  • Sequester carbon dioxide onsite (e.g., use soil amendments, revegetate)

3.  Minimizes Water Use and Impacts to Water Resources

  • Minimize water use and depletion of natural water resources
  • Capture, reclaim and store water for reuse (e.g., as aquifer recharge, irrigation)
  • Minimize water demand for revegetation (e.g., use native species)
  • Employ best management practices for stormwater

4.  Reduces, Reuses and Recycles Material and Waste

  • Minimize consumption of virgin materials
  • Minimize waste generation
  • Use recycled products and local materials
  • Segregate and reuse or recycle materials, products, and infrastructure (e.g., soil, construction and demolition debris, buildings)

5.  Optimizes Future Land Use and Protects Ecosystems

  • Integrate anticipated site use or reuse plans into the cleanup strategy.
  • Minimize areas requiring activity or use limitations (e.g., destroy or remove contaminant sources)
  • Minimize unnecessary soil and habitat disturbance or destruction
  • Use native species to support habitat
  • Minimize noise and lighting disturbance

6.  Optimizes Sustainable Management Practices During Stewardship

  • Maximize long term system performance through periodic evaluation, maintenance and optimization
  • Minimize energy use, material consumption, and waste generation from sampling and monitoring procedures
  • Ensure clear responsibility and implementation processes for monitoring and maintaining all engineered and institutional controls