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  • Due to a glitch in data provided by utilities, New York City has pushed back the deadline for LL84 (2009) benchmarking data filing for 2017 from May 1 to December 31, 2018. LL84 (2009) requires large building over 50,000 square feet to annually measure and report water and energy consumption. Note the deadline for 2017 filings for … Continue reading NYC’s LL84 Energy Benchmarking Deadline Pushed t...

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  • Q: What is the estimated temperature difference between a standard and cool roof? Is it: a) 10 degrees F b) 30degrees F c) 50 degrees F WATCH the 18-sec VIDEO answer from Great Forest CEO Ross Guberman Q: If all commercial property in NYC converted to daylight responsive lighting systems, how many MW of peak … Continue reading Take Our 3-Question Energy Quiz → The post Take Our 3-Question Energy Q...

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  • Congratulations to Great Forest President Richard Fuller on being awarded the prestigious  Order of Australia Medal for his service to conservation and the environment. It is a well-deserved recognition for his work with Pure Earth, the nonprofit he founded, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, and The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Richard … Continue reading Order Of Australia...

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  • June 2018 ENERGY STAR will be re-calculating almost all commercial building scores this summer, which will impact your properties’ standing.  All the changes in source data will result in lower scores generally across the US. ALL scores will adjust as of August 26th when updates to 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores launch. After August 26, buildings will have to … Continue reading Alert: ENERGY STAR Score...

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  • Q: Can I recycle plastic bags? A: This is a question we get asked very often.  From the bags you get with your shopping to the plastic bags, wrap and film that encase many of the items you buy. It is a huge problem that many cities are trying to address with regulations. The good news … Continue reading Q&A: Can I Recycle Plastic Bags? → The post Q&A: Can I Recycle Plastic Bags? appeared first on ...

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  • While New York mulls a ban on single-use plastic bags, San Francisco just took another step forward.  Now in the West Coast city, which already has a bag ban in place, it is possible to recycle plastic bags and other clean, dry film and flimsy plastic such as plastic wrap! To help get the word out, … Continue reading Recycling Plastic Bags In San Francisco – W Hotel Shows How → The post Recycling ...

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  • There is no national law that covers recycling, which is left to state and local governments.  As a result, if your business portfolio is spread across the country, you may have to deal with compliance issues that change from location to location. Furthermore, recycling mandates are popping up across the country, as more and more cities … Continue reading More Cities Are Introducing Recycling Requ...

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  • Is your waste and recycling program optimized? Is it running as efficiently as it should be? Or are you paying too much and creating too much waste? You can get an idea of what is happening by just glancing around you. Everyone can do this simple eyeball test. Go on. Take a look around you … Continue reading Quick Tip: Do The Eyeball Test – Assess Efficiency Of Your Waste and Recycling With Just ...

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  • The future of office waste management is here, and it is simpler than you think. This white paper shows how you can optimize your waste and recycling program, and achieve multiple benefits, with one simple change — switching to a centralized waste bin system.  We’ve implemented the centralized waste bin system over the years with proven … Continue reading How To Optimize Your Waste Management? Whi...

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  • The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps is a terrific program that places trained fellows on staff at businesses over summer to help jump start clean energy projects. Great Forest worked with EDF fellows on two projects last year with great success. The Climate Corps fellows took the burden of communicating with the utilities off … Continue reading Jump Start Clean Energy Projects Wit...

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  • As we begin 2018, let’s look back on some highlights that made the news last year to see how it will affect your business this year.  Let’s continue doing great things together! 1) TRUE Zero Waste  In September 2017, the GBCI launched the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification, designed to help … Continue reading The Year In Sustainability: What Happened, What To Look Ou...

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  • JOIN US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Did you know a portion of Great Forest’s profits support cleanup work in some of the world’s worst polluted places?  We do this through the nonprofit Pure Earth, founded by Great Forest President Richard Fuller. And this year we joined the global #BeatPollution campaign to make an even bigger … Continue reading Happy Holidays! See What We Accomplished, Join Us To Make ...

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  • Did you know Americans throw out 25% more waste during the holidays? Think of all the packaging, gift wrap, food and more that end up in our waste bins. The Ohio EPA has some great infographics and tips on how to reduce waste during the holiday season.  See them below, or visit their site for more good ideas. The post Holiday Waste – How To Reduce It, Move Towards Zero Waste Celebrations appeared ...

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  • Microgrants for food waste reduction DSNY’s Foundation for New York’s Strongest has launched a Microgrant program to help NYC businesses take action to address food waste. Grants are worth up to $15,000 in funding and technical support. Applications are due Jan. 8, 2018. Grants are open to NYC NYC businesses that have 25 or fewer employees or earn net less … Continue reading NY Incentives! Apply N...

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  • How do you increase recycling and lower costs? By making recycling simple and convenient… at least that is the idea behind single-stream recycling’s popularity.  But the reality is more complicated. The number of communities and cities using single-stream recycling has reportedly increased from 20 to 64 percent between 2005 and 2010.  New York City is the latest  to announce that … Continue readin...

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  • After a year of collaboration among architects and New York waste professionals (including Great Forest), AIANY/Center for Architecture has launched their Zero Waste Design Guidelines to encourage building design that facilitates recycling and waste diversion. The guidelines also includes a handy waste calculator to help property managers calculate value of diversion. Designing For Optimal Waste A...

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  • Education and learning is a big part of what we do at Great Forest. This is part of the formula for success at every business we work with. Great Forest is currently at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston to learn more about the latest trends in the industry to keep you in the know. We’ll share what we … Continue reading Events: Expert Panel At The USGBC; Greenbuild 2017 → The post Events: Expert Panel At...

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  • Great Forest President Richard Fuller is Co-Chair of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, a landmark report that details, for the first time, the deadly toll and price tag of global pollution.  The findings of the report are shocking — pollution costs $4.6 trillion in economic damages and kills over 9 million people a year. … Continue reading Open Letter To The World: What We Do Next Mat...

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  • Great Forest President Richard Fuller, in his capacity as President of the nonprofit Pure Earth, joined former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, former President of Mexico Carlos Salinas, and other leaders and experts on October 23 for the launch of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. The landmark report, with its shocking revelations about global pollution, has made the … Continue readi...

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  • It is one of NYC’s most talked-about new developments with over 750,000 sq. ft of mixed-use commercial/industrial space. Following a waste audit investigation, Great Forest identified key problems with the waste and recycling program at one of its buildings. This flaw was preventing the building from operating efficiently, and costing it dearly. Not only was it paying far too much … Continue readi...

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  •   Last month, Washington, D.C. became the first city in the world to receive a LEED for Cities Platinum leadership certification, the highest award bestowed upon cities by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). D.C. has 120 LEED-certified projects, with 29.04 square feet of LEED space per resident, far ahead of the top LEED state, … Continue reading Insight: Why Is D.C. Tops In LEED? → The post ...

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  • The cost of waste removal has been on the rise over the past decade, and the trend seems to be continuing upward. One study predicts waste disposal services to increase at an “annualized rate of 2%.”  Not only are waste costs increasing, but many businesses are paying more than they need to.  Why? Because over 77% of what … Continue reading Move Towards Zero Waste In 3 Steps → The post Move Toward...

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  • Who’s Afraid of Zero Waste? Turns out, some businesses are. And this fear of committing to zero waste is holding them back from reaping the benefits. A lack of of clarity about what zero waste really means is part of the problem. So let’s start demystifying the process. What Is Zero Waste? Is it the … Continue reading What Is Zero Waste? And Why Are Some Businesses Afraid of it? → The post What Is...

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  • The Hotel Association of NYC is once again looking for leaders in sustainable hospitality. Past winners have become industry role models. Their success show that hotels can do it all and achieve their triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Great Forest helped the HANYC develop the awards, now in its 4th year, and … Continue reading Deadline Aug. 30: Apply Now For The 2017 HANYC Sustainab...

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  • Great Forest recently helped a global consumer products brand uncover a breakdown in their waste and recycling program that kept its operation from running at optimum level. Our investigation also revealed a sizable revenue stream they were missing. All this was done with a comprehensive waste audit. Read the case study to learn more. The post Case Study: Waste Audits Uncover Sizable Revenue Strea...