What: Bamboo flooring
* Company: Sports Barn in Hixson
* How is it green: "One of the beneficial parts of bamboo comes with how fast the trees grow. They replenish themselves and don't emit any toxins in the air," said Matt Dickson of Club Outfitters, which specializes in interior finishes for the health and fitness industry. Bamboo can be harvested in three years, as opposed to trees which can take more than 100 years, and requires fewer pesticides to treat it, said David Brock, general manager of Sports Barn. Bamboo is also recognized as a LEED-certified material. Mr. Dickson said bamboo is a first step in bringing a green element into flooring.
* When: Just recently
* Why do it this way? It's aesthetically beautiful and environmentally friendly, Mr. Brock said.
* Plans for expanding in the future? "Trying to find equipment that uses less or no electricity," Mr. Brock said, is a priority for future talks with equipment suppliers, with the fitness complex currently looking at electricity-free treadmills.
* Any suggestions for others considering green initiatives? If you have a lot of square footage, consider energy alternatives for lighting to reduce electricity bills. Before considering any program, Mr. Brock advises companies to think about whether the measure is cost effective. He also advises companies to consider the length of time it will take to see a return on investment.
* Is this an essential part of the business and why? "We're open to be anything that is green that is out there," Mr. Brock said. "We're really just trying to be a good corporate citizen."
- Compiled by staff writer Tamara Best, firstname.lastname@example.org