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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hotel Sustainability – Top 3 Tips on Where to Begin

Great Forest has worked with many hotels across the country.  Here, in brief, are our top three suggestions for hotels deciding to go green: Begin with increasing recycling and reducing waste because it is easy, has an immediate impact, and may lower costs by 40% to 60%. Investigate the chemicals you are using on-site and switch … Continue reading Hotel Sustainability – Top 3 Tips on Where to Begin

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Q&A With Hervé Houdré On The Search For NYC’s Greenest Hotel

Hervé Houdré has been called one of the greenest hoteliers in NYC. As the regional director of operations and general manager of the Intercontinental New York Barclay (now under renovation), and chairman of the Hotel Association of New York City’s (HANYC) Sustainable Hospitality Committee, Houdré is passionate about making NYC hotels more sustainable. [Hotel Sustainability – Top 3 Tips … Continue reading Q&A With Hervé Houdré On The Search For NYC’s Greenest Hotel

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Waste Sleuth Investigates Polystyrene’s Bad Reputation

Polystyrene (PS), commonly known by its brand name Styrofoam, and expanded polystyrene (EPS), often used for packaging, have bad reputations in recycling circles. They are often thought of as unrecyclable and destined for the landfill. Currently, it is common for PS and EPS not to be accepted for recycling in many communities, while bans have emerged across … Continue reading Waste Sleuth Investigates Polystyrene’s Bad Reputation

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Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

This post is from Great Forest consultant Christine McCoy in the D.C. region.                         Great Forest participated in a recent Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) school supplies drive by coordinating a donation from our friends at SCRAP DC, a local reuse organization. SCRAP DC … Continue reading Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

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“Mooo-ve” Over Waste – Large Amount Of Compostables Collected at Popular Harvest Fest

The weight of a cow – that is how much compostable materials we collected at Stone Barns’ popular Harvest Fest in the Hudson Valley, New York, earlier in October. That is over 1000 pounds of food waste and other compostable materials that we kept out of the landfill! If you were at the Harvest Fest, you … Continue reading “Mooo-ve” Over Waste – Large Amount Of Compostables Collected at Popular Harvest Fest

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Making A Difference: Transforming An E-Waste Site Into A Model Recycling Center

While we work to help companies recycle e-waste responsibly in the U.S., our sister nonprofit Pure Earth is working to tackle the issue in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the location of one of the world’s best-known e-waste dump sites. According to the EPA, about 2.37 million short tons of e-waste was discarded in the U.S. in 2009. It is … Continue reading Making A Difference: Transforming An E-Waste Site Into A Model Recycling Center

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