Gryphon’s increasing attention to environmental issues can make a widespread impact. We are committed to making sure our team is environmentally conscious, and are making significant strides in reducing consumption, reusing materials and recycling natural resources.
In the United States, buildings represent 71% of our nation’s electricity consumption and 65% of its waste output.* Since new development is at the core of what we do, we feel an obligation to embrace the advancements in green building materials and systems and develop as responsibly as possible.
Where is this happening?
Gryphon has partnered with Navitas Capital™ to seek out and invest in the emerging market of green building materials. Navitas Capital’s investment focus is unique among VCs – dedicated to working with entrepreneurs who are developing innovative building materials and technologies for a sustainable built environment. Our goal is to use these technologies in our own projects and prove that “going green” is not only a huge benefit for the community but doesn’t have to be more expensive.
Gryphon also supports the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) Sustainable Energy and Environmental Design (SEED) initiative to survey and support sustainable construction. The SEED program encompasses education, best practices, recognition, conferences, publications and legislation to promote sustainable building and business practices.
What is LEED?
LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high‑performance green buildings granted by the US Green Building Council. LEED certification provides independent, third‑party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, sustainable and provides a healthy place to live and work.
For more information, visit the US Green Building Council at www.usgbc.org.
Examples of sustainable building techniques include:
- New construction materials
- New construction procedures
- Indoor air‑quality management plans
- Construction waste recycling
- Reflective roofing
- Water harvesting
- Energy performance testing
- Incorporation of regional transportation routes
- Preferred parking for hybrid vehicles
- And more…
* Source: USGBC