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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Trends: The Food Waste Epidemic – What Can You Do?

…we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.” (50) — Pope Francis, Laudato Si. The topic of food waste has been in the news recently as New York and other cities across … Continue reading Trends: The Food Waste Epidemic – What Can You Do?

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Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

Even the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization responsible for the LEED green building program, must keep an eye on their own LEED performance.  As waste consultants for the USGBC, Great Forest helps the organization monitor their sustainability efforts through quarterly waste audits. Waste is one of five categories used to determine a building’s … Continue reading Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

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Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

Perhaps you are cleaning out a company storage space, or a commercial tenant has moved out, or you are undergoing a renovation. Many businesses deal with bulk waste by getting a 20-30 yard open-top dumpster. The problem is that the contents of that dumpster may end up in a landfill. Not only is this wasteful, but … Continue reading Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability The Carlton hotel was one of three winners of the 2014 HANYC Sustainability Awards. What have they been doing in the year since their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out from General Manager Vic Freeman. Q: What did winning the first HANYC … Continue reading A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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Making A Difference: Peru – A Path Of Gold And Destruction

A team from our sister nonprofit Pure Earth recently spent ten days traveling deep into remote areas of Peru to reach current gold mining communities in the Andes mountains and in the rainforest. What they saw amazed them — from the terrible, scarred landscape left behind after gold extraction, to the innovative way some “model” … Continue reading Making A Difference: Peru – A Path Of Gold And Destruction

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Judge Strikes Down NYC Foam Ban

Sept. 22, 2015 – Judge strikes down NYC’s foam ban.   The city is exploring its options for reinstituting the ban, including an appeal. We will keep you updated. NYC’s foam ban went into effect on July 1, 2015 with a six-month grace period. Businesses had been preparing for the change by replacing foam products with … Continue reading Judge Strikes Down NYC Foam Ban

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Regulation Update: NY Public Hearing On Organic Waste, Oct. 5

Review the proposed rule on organic waste and voice your opinion. DSNY is holding a public hearing on Oct 5. Register your feedback in person at the hearing, or write in via one of the ways below: Website: http://rules.cityofnewyork.us Email: nycrules@dsny.nyc.gov Mail: DSNY, 125 Worth Street, Room 710, New York, NY 10013. Fax: 212-788-3876. Learn … Continue reading Regulation Update: NY Public Hearing On Organic Waste, Oct. 5

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