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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Did You Know…? Report Explains How Fortune 500 Companies Engage Employees in CSR

According to a new report by Workforce For Good, Fortune 500 companies think outside the box when it comes to engaging employees on matters of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Entitled “Engaging Employees in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility“, the report details the results after interviews with corporate leaders of 17 Fortune 500 companies in the … Continue reading Did You Know…? Report Explains How Fortune 500 Companies Engage Employees in CSR

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Paper Consumption At The Office

One study estimates that a $5 ream of paper could end up costing you up to $155 with the associated costs (storage, copying, printing, disposal, postage and more) factored in. Today, with the average office employee using about 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, it makes both good business and environmental sense to reduce paper … Continue reading Five Ways to Reduce Your Paper Consumption At The Office

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Q&A: How Can My Company Set up A Volunteer Program?

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Americans volunteered over 8 billion hours in 2010. Encouraging employees to volunteer in the community is a win-win for any business. Here are a few tips: Choose to volunteer for a cause that resonates with your employees or tenants. This might mean a cause related to your area … Continue reading Q&A: How Can My Company Set up A Volunteer Program?

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Keep Cool At Work This Summer

Stay cool this summer and save on energy costs without making your air conditioner work overtime. Reduce heat sources – Switching from incandescent to fluorescent lighting does more than help your bottom line by saving energy. It also reduces excess heat produced by inefficient incandescents, keeping your office cooler. Look for other electronics and appliances … Continue reading Keep Cool At Work This Summer

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Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist

The Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist will help you jumpstart or fine tune your sustainability efforts at work. While there are many more things you can do, beginning with items on this list will give you a solid foundation and push you further along on the sustainability maturation curve. We will update this list … Continue reading Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist

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How China’s Green Fence Is Affecting Your Waste and Recycling Costs

Some of you might already be seeing increases in your waste and recycling costs due to China’s Green Fence policy, implemented in February to prevent the import of trash–including contaminated scrap metal, paper and plastic–into the country. Since the U.S. exports about 50% of all materials collected for recycling, sending two-thirds of that to China, … Continue reading How China’s Green Fence Is Affecting Your Waste and Recycling Costs

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New Sustainability Standards Coming

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This fall, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is rolling out the G4, a new set of sustainability reporting guidelines. This is the first major revision of the guidelines since 2006, and it aims to deliver more meaningful reports by focusing on documenting what really matters to the organization. “The new framework moves away from broad, … Continue reading New Sustainability Standards Coming

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Anniversary of a Blackout: Incremental Improvements

Ten years ago this month, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern U.S., affecting some 55 million people. The cause? An outdated and inefficient grid, unmaintained sections of grid (specifically in Ohio), and peak energy use on a sweltering summer day. In an interview with NPR, energy industry reporter Bill Sweet says there was a “chronic … Continue reading Anniversary of a Blackout: Incremental Improvements

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Composting Gets a Boost in the Mid-Atlantic

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Siting composting facilities has been a real struggle in the Mid-Atlantic, but a new facility may turn the tables on years of inconsistent composting services in the region. Chesapeake Composting Works (CCW) began accepting material in October 2012 and is going strong less than a year later. CCW works with local haulers to recover pre- … Continue reading Composting Gets a Boost in the Mid-Atlantic

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Implementing a Centralized Recycling Collection System

This Great Forest case study was featured in Environmental Leader’s 2012 Insider Knowledge Report–Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers, pg 124. (download pdf, 2013 report). Great Forest works with corporate clients to divert as much as 50,000 tons of material from landfills daily. We find that in many cases, businesses can easily … Continue reading Implementing a Centralized Recycling Collection System

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