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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Q&A: Should our business switch to LED lighting?

If your commercial office building or business is planning a lighting upgrade, you can’t beat LED lighting. According to the Energy Star website, LED commercial light fixtures offer an unprecedented opportunity to save energy, maintenance and cooling costs and is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation, new construction projects, or easy retrofits. Reduces energy costs … Continue reading Q&A: Should our business switch to LED lighting?

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Towering Display of Plastic Bottles Reminds Office Workers To Recycle

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Office workers at one NYC skyscraper certainly got the message about recycling this month. They could not miss the 10-foot-high display of used plastic bottles that greeted them in the lobby each day for a week as they arrived for work. The attention-getting display was created over three days and installed by Great Forest. [Related: Get … Continue reading Towering Display of Plastic Bottles Reminds Office Workers To Recycle

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Behind The Scenes: New Bronx Facility With Optical Sorter May Change the Way NYC Recycles (Video)

A new state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center in the Bronx, New York, utilizes optic technology to automate the recycling process and extract more recyclable materials from the waste stream. Action Environmental Group’s facility allows clients to use one bin for recyclables. The optical sorter works using infrared technology combined with a high speed camera to identify … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: New Bronx Facility With Optical Sorter May Change the Way NYC Recycles (Video)

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Vacuum Trash Tubes of the Future?

Instead of being transported on garbage trucks, your trash could very soon be shot through vacuum tubes. A new report documents the feasibility of installing pneumatic tubes in existing infrastructure in NYC–such as the High Line or the Second Avenue Subway–to transport waste Jetsons style. The report was produced by the University Transportation Research Center for the New … Continue reading Vacuum Trash Tubes of the Future?

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Nationwide Energy News

Chicago introduces “pubic shaming” energy benchmarking laws Starting next year, owners of buildings in Chicago larger than 50,000 square feet will be required to disclose energy use through EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Opponents have called this a kind of “public shaming” but evidence seems to show that benchmarking is working. According to the EPA, energy … Continue reading Nationwide Energy News

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Boston Tops in Energy Efficiency. How Did Your City Score?

In a ranking of 34 of the country’s largest cities, Boston has emerged on top for its efforts to reduce energy use, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. How did your city score? Check this interactive scorecard to see how your city is saving energy. Other cities moving ahead with energy-saving … Continue reading Boston Tops in Energy Efficiency. How Did Your City Score?

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Waste and Recycling Rate Hikes in San Francisco – What You Can Do

Waste and recycling costs went up in San Francisco on July 1 due to rate hikes by Recology, the city’s hauler. For commercial clients, this includes a 5% increase in the base rate, among other adjustments. Businesses can expect to see significant increases in their bill. “The rate hike has disheartened many who have been … Continue reading Waste and Recycling Rate Hikes in San Francisco – What You Can Do

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