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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Lessons from the Urban Green Expo – Green Leases and Rethinking Everything

Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability came away from The Urban Green Expo (September 22-23, 2009) with some great insights.  She shares them with us here: The Urban Green Expo was brimming with advice, from “Measure your Carbon Footprint” to “Start Taking Action with Energy Retrofits.” These are important steps toward sustainability, to be … Continue reading Lessons from the Urban Green Expo – Green Leases and Rethinking Everything

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New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

Great Forest client Vornado Realty Trust, NYC’s biggest commercial landlord, has come up with a way to help tenants cut energy costs.   Vornado is attaching a series of small sensors to meters in 16 buildings that provide data on energy use. Vornado says in the NYT article that this “enables tenants to track how much energy their … Continue reading New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

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Q&A: What is a Green Lease?

The “green lease” is becoming more popular with building management firms who have committed to sustainability and wish to promote responsible energy and material use within their building portfolios. Green leases typically require both the landlord and tenant to use energy and resources efficiently, regardless of the cost of energy; this usually results in lower … Continue reading Q&A: What is a Green Lease?

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One Year, One Thousand Green Supers

Read about two innovative ways NYC is cultivating green building upgrades.   The article reiterates that “energy savings from buildings is the lowest-cost method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. In addition, greener buildings could save the New York real estate industry as much as $230 million a … Continue reading One Year, One Thousand Green Supers

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Lessons from the Urban Green Expo – Green Leases and Rethinking Everything

Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability came away from The Urban Green Expo (September 22-23, 2009) with some great insights.  She shares them with us here: The Urban Green Expo was brimming with advice, from “Measure your Carbon Footprint” to “Start Taking Action with Energy Retrofits.” These are important steps toward sustainability, to be … Continue reading Lessons from the Urban Green Expo – Green Leases and Rethinking Everything

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New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

Great Forest client Vornado Realty Trust, NYC’s biggest commercial landlord, has come up with a way to help tenants cut energy costs. Vornado is attaching a series of small sensors to meters in 16 buildings that provide data on energy use. Vornado says in the NYT article that this “enables tenants to track how much energy their employees … Continue reading New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

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Overview of Existing and Emerging Legislation

Great Forest has compiled an overview of the existing and emerging legislationaffecting businesses as lawmakers push to green existing buildings. This  includes an outline of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability’s efforts, information on financing energy saving improvements with $16M from the federal stimulus package, and more. Remember to check the resources … Continue reading Overview of Existing and Emerging Legislation

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