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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Demand Response Incentive Changes – Get Paid Up to 4x More to Use Less Energy

Con Edison is offering new payment projections for their summer 2014 Demand Response program in New York. Properties must enroll by May 1 for June 1 participation. For properties already enrolled in 2013, these projections would increase incentives by up to 4x for the same kW commitments as last year.  These figures will be confirmed in … Continue reading Demand Response Incentive Changes – Get Paid Up to 4x More to Use Less Energy

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Preparing for May 1 Deadline – Auto Uploads and Other NYC Benchmarking Updates

Earlier this month, Great Forest was invited to a meeting with New York City officials to go over changes ahead of this year’s benchmarking submission deadline of May 1. Great Forest was responsible for submitting data for over 60 buildings in NYC last year, making it one of the top benchmarking consultants in the city. Representatives from the Department … Continue reading Preparing for May 1 Deadline – Auto Uploads and Other NYC Benchmarking Updates

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Chefs or Diners – Who Holds The Key to Composting Success?

Last year, a large hospitality company – we will call them Company A – decided to start composting. They launched their program in the staff cafeteria but ran into problems right from the start. Only a small amount of compost was collected, and almost none was acceptable for composting because of cross contamination. The program was scrapped … Continue reading Chefs or Diners – Who Holds The Key to Composting Success?

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Polar Vortex Hits The Wallet

The extreme cold hitting much of the country has affected gas pipelines and electric production far into Canada. Some analysts have likened the polar vortex’s effect on the short term gas markets to what happened following Hurricane Katrina. Energy customers should be assured that the futures markets into 2015-16 are holding relatively steady against the late 2013 … Continue reading Polar Vortex Hits The Wallet

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Think You Should Get an EBie Award? Let Us Know

The deadline for the 2014 EBie Awards, which celebrate sustainability in Existing Buildings, is March 20. Do you have what it takes to bring the award home? Great Forest will submit at least two nominations, and we are looking for more outstanding individuals who qualify. If you think you fit the bill, let us know. Now in … Continue reading Think You Should Get an EBie Award? Let Us Know

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Is Your State in the Top Ten for LEED?

What were the top states for LEED in 2013? Illinois topped the list, with Washington, D.C. coming in at #10. Within the top ten states there were 1,777 projects certified, covering 226.8 million square feet. Did your state make the list?  See the top ten states for LEED (Infographic). * Read the rest of the Feb. 2014 … Continue reading Is Your State in the Top Ten for LEED?

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Making A Difference… in Tajikistan, Near the Roof of the World

This month we take you to Tajikistan, where mountains cover more than 90% of the country, and half of it sits 10,000 feet or more above sea level. This former Soviet republic at the “roof of the word” is home to some of the most breathtaking views on earth. But beneath the beauty lies a legacy … Continue reading Making A Difference… in Tajikistan, Near the Roof of the World

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