Downtown Jonesboro Goes Green

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  At first glance, it's not too hard to see the green in Downtown Jnesboro, but it takes a closer look to see the green movement really taking hold.

Atop his newest development, the Aspen Lofts, we caught up with Clay Young who has been developing much of the downtown arts and entertainment district.

It has been the motto of his company to incorporate the idea of "Going Green."

"Going green is kind of the buzz word right now, but it's not complicated. It's very simple. It's the type of paint you are using, the type of flooring. All of the materials used inside the construction," said Young.

Inside this development boards are being recycled from the building's previous structure.

"We are not just recycling cans or paper or plastic. We're recycling something that is an existing structure," said Young.

In another unit painters sprayed a biodegradable paint.

Windows are also sealed with the Energy Star stamp of approval and even energy efficient ratings--all things that you can look into when doing a project of your own.

Young says something else that makes all of downtown such an environmentally friendly area is simply the parking of cars for those who live downtown.

"Being able to park and walk, when you live in a neighborhood where you can walk to restaurants, the post office, the dry cleaners, the bank, it all adds up in doing something friendly for the environment," said Young.

And on earth day he says, every little bit truly counts.

"I think in the long run, everybody has got to think 100 years down the road, and that's what I think Going Green is really all about," said Young.

We are told you can find earth friendly building materials at nearly every home improvement store, and while the costs might be a bit more, the money spent now will pay off in the future.

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