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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Q&A: Is office composting feasible?

Q:  Is office composting feasible? A:  Yes. San Francisco, Seattle and Portland are among cities that have commercial composting programs. In NYC less than 3% of offices do and Great Forest has helped approximately one third of them set up composting programs. From our experience, the biggest myth about composting in the office is the odor. … Continue reading Q&A: Is office composting feasible?

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Ice Cream Sweetens Recycling Drive

Great Forest client 712 Fifth Avenue, managed by the Paramount Group, held an ice cream social recently and Great Forest was there to promote the building’s recycling program to its many tenants. The building already recycles nearly 400 tons of waste per year. The ice cream social was just a sweet way to encourage even more … Continue reading Ice Cream Sweetens Recycling Drive

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NYC Commercial Buildings Bicycle Access Bill

A bill was signed into law recently requiring all building owners and managers to allow tenants and their employees to bring bicycles into a commercial building via freight elevators. Great Forest reminds building owners that facilitating the use of bicycles and public transportation for commuters may assist buildings seeking LEED or other green building certifications. … Continue reading NYC Commercial Buildings Bicycle Access Bill

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Incentives for Greening (and Whitening) Your Roof

Green roofs are becoming a major urban trend as cities see the benefits of reduced stormwater runoff, lower summer energy bills, and overall reduced ‘heat island’ effect. Cities offering incentives for green roofing include Toronto, Chicago, Portland, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, and others are expected to follow. For example, since 2008, building owners in … Continue reading Incentives for Greening (and Whitening) Your Roof

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