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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Did You Know? States Work To Increase Energy Efficiency

Many forward-thinking states are now taking a comprehensive look at their energy plans, and issuing directives to increase efficiency. Earlier this month, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20% in seven years. New York is also participating in a program called  … Continue reading Did You Know? States Work To Increase Energy Efficiency

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Best Recycling Videos: Landfill Harmonic

An orchestra for kids with instruments made from trash? The landfill harmonic features young musicians from a Paraguayan slum who play Mozart on instruments constructed entirely from recycled materials pulled from the garbage dump their homes are built on. This is a great video to share about the potential of recycling. Moving and inspirational. 3 min. … Continue reading Best Recycling Videos: Landfill Harmonic

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Titania Nanofilm And Other New Ideas

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Someday, maybe all buildings will be wrapped in fabric sprayed with titania nanofilm, which purportedly cleans the air of pollutants. That is precisely what is covering Wendy – a big, blue solar-powered pavilion currently on view as part of Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week. Breaking out of the box, like what the spiky Wendy is trying to do, is … Continue reading Titania Nanofilm And Other New Ideas

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Exclusive Tour of Landmarked/LEED Former Armory in NYC, Feb. 11

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Join Urban Green Council for an exclusive tour of 56 West 66th Street — a landmarked, former armory building in NYC, which was adaptively renovated and reused. A Great Forest client, the building recently achieved LEED Silver certification. The original features of the 1900s building were restored and environmentally responsible systems were integrated into the 55,000 square … Continue reading Exclusive Tour of Landmarked/LEED Former Armory in NYC, Feb. 11

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Vornado Recognized for LEED Achievements at 30 Properties in D.C. Region

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Congratulations is due to Vornado Realty Trust’s Washington Division for achieving LEED certification at 30 buildings in 2012, making them the largest owner of LEED certified buildings in the Washington DC region. Great Forest has worked with Vornado’s Washington Division for the last 5 years, supporting their recycling programs and conducting waste stream audits at … Continue reading Vornado Recognized for LEED Achievements at 30 Properties in D.C. Region

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D.C. Finalizes Benchmarking Regulations; Signs Sustainability Act

Washington D.C. has begun the new year with several moves on the green front. The Sustainable D.C. Act of 2012 was signed into law. Great Forest was part of the working group on waste and recycling that submitted recommendations to the Mayor. Backed with $4.5 million to implement sustainability projects across the District, the plan … Continue reading D.C. Finalizes Benchmarking Regulations; Signs Sustainability Act

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8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

Existing buildings can receive high scores without dragging out the LEED process if they follow these 8 steps, according to Buildings Magazine, which put together this tip sheet with advice from Great Forest and other industry experts. It may seem like common sense, but some gung-ho teams end up focusing too much on optional credits … Continue reading 8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

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