The Great Lakes Group and its affiliated companies are committed to policies and procedures that support a sustainable environment.
Company headquarters, shipyard facilities, and equipment incorporate many sustainable design elements and construction practices that significantly reduce the negative impact of industry on the environment through the incorporation of “GREEN” technology in their designs. The host of “GREEN” initiatives include a stringent Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan; bulkheading; a new sanitary system; rapidly deployable waterfront containment systems; a bio-retention basin and filtration system for removing sediments in water run-off which replenishes the underground aquifer; use of recycled and recyclable materials; construction waste management; indoor air quality management; daylighting and tinted glass; photo light sensors to conserve energy; silver roofing for reflectivity; and substantial landscaping. Mindful of post 911 homeland security requirements and being co-located with the City of Cleveland’s Garrett A. Morgan Water Plant, the new facilities incorporate dock and property outdoor lighting, security fencing, motion detectors, card swipes, remote cameras, and 24-hour monitoring that includes fire detection and security alarm systems.
Further, the Company makes it a focus to minimize the environmental impact of repair or new construction projects through the use of advanced diesel engines and associated equipment which are specifically designed to reduce air emissions and other environmental toxins. Recyclable materials are also used in the construction and procurement processes wherever possible.
As a signal to all, The Great Lakes Group Cleveland Headquarters flies our environmental flag. The “Great Lakes Green Flag” was specifically designed for the Company and features the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, and the “green” environs of nearby Wendy Park.