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Sioux Falls company uses native quartzite in city projects

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Sioux falls is gearing up to host Plain Green, a conference aimed at sustainable choices we can make in all areas of our lives.  In the weeks leading up to the event, KSFY is highlighting projects and businesses around the community demonstrating a commitment to that goal.

One of the biggest factors in going green is reducing our carbon footprint, and part of that is shopping locally.

A look around Sioux Falls shows that builders, landscapers, and homeowners have been doing that for more than a century in the form of Sioux Pink Quartzite.

Brian Phelps of Jasper Stone Company explains why building with the rock is a sustainable choice.

"We're stewards of the stone. It's going to be here forever. It's one thing that's not gonna disappear like a lot of the consumables - the stuff that decomposes. This is a billion and a half years old. It's gonna be around forever," said Phelps.

Jasper Stone Company attempts to make economical choices when quarrying and extracting the rock to make for the least possible waste.

Phelps says quartzite is the natural foundation of Sioux Falls, and the city continues to incorporate it into projects like the CNA Building, The Denny Sanford Premier Center and the River Greenway Project.

"The Greenway Project - we like to say you can't get any greener than pink.  The Pink Sioux Quartzite is as natural as can be.  Part of the natural environment.  Basically taking the old world stone and using it in a new, modern way," said Phelps.

The Plain Green Conference is Friday, September 14th.  For more information about the event, follow the link.


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