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Earth Day and Beyond – Online Portal Of Resources Keeps Momentum Going

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world” — Gaylord Nelson, Founder, Earth Day As … Continue reading Earth Day and Beyond – Online Portal Of Resources Keeps Momentum Going

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Earth Day At 45: The “National Teach-In” Continues (Photos)

Were you at one of our events? Did you learn anything new this Earth Day? Launched 45 years ago as a “national teach-in on the environment,” Earth Day has done much to raise awareness over the years, but we are not there yet. As in previous years, Great Forest organized and staged numerous events across the … Continue reading Earth Day At 45: The “National Teach-In” Continues (Photos)

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After Earth Day – Five Things To Do

Here are five things you can do to keep the Earth Day momentum going year-round. Who are you going to call? Know who to contact when you have a question about sustainability at work. It could be your sustainability consultant or a member of your office green team. If there is no point person, consider nominating someone to the … Continue reading After Earth Day – Five Things To Do

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Usher, Fall Out Boy, Train, No Doubt and Others Mark Earth Day With 250,000… and Great Forest

We agree with what Usher, Fall Out Boy, will.i.am and Train said about the issues brought up at the big Earth Day concert in Washington D.C. last weekend on April 18. Great Forest was on hand to support nonprofit Pure Earth at the event to raise awareness to #EndPollution. Usher, No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Fall Out … Continue reading Usher, Fall Out Boy, Train, No Doubt and Others Mark Earth Day With 250,000… and Great Forest

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Earth Day – Ideas, Inspiration and Opportunities

Wondering what to do for Earth Day on April 22? Here’s some inspiration. Consider an E-Waste Drive – a typical building generates close to one ton of e-waste every few months. Earth Day Events Organized Worldwide: Four Examples Countdown to Earth Day:  There’s Still Time to Take Action Three Last Minute Ideas for Earth Day Thinking … Continue reading Earth Day – Ideas, Inspiration and Opportunities

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Making A Difference: Collaborate With Nonprofit Pure Earth To Mark Earth Day

As you may know, in addition to founding Great Forest, Richard Fuller also started an extraordinary not-for-profit called Pure Earth. Great Forest is a big supporter of Pure Earth and we thought you might be interested in collaborating with them on some cause-related marketing opportunities available at the upcoming Benefit Ball on April 27, at Gotham … Continue reading Making A Difference: Collaborate With Nonprofit Pure Earth To Mark Earth Day

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Plastic Bag Monster “Scares” Up Awareness on Earth Day

With its glowing yellow eyes, this angry plastic bag monster looks like he is in the middle of devouring the entire earth! Great Forest recycling consultant and artist Sandra Robishaw designed and crafted this attention-getting display out of hundreds of used plastic bags for the lobby of UBS in Weehawken, New Jersey, for Earth Day. This showcase … Continue reading Plastic Bag Monster “Scares” Up Awareness on Earth Day

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Earth Day 2014 Roundup

This year, Great Forest held dozens of Earth Day events across the country to raise awareness about recycling and sustainability. We built a plastic bag monster display for two buildings in New Jersey. Among the events in NYC was an Earth Day fair at Time Warner Center, which attracted over 1500 people in one afternoon. … Continue reading Earth Day 2014 Roundup

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Making a Difference: Earth Day – Beyond Sustainability and Climate Change

As we mark another Earth Day – the 44th since 1970 – it is good to know that awareness of environmental issues has indeed grown over the years. We see this in the focus on sustainability (like we do here in this blog) and climate change — both important, pressing issues. But there remains one … Continue reading Making a Difference: Earth Day – Beyond Sustainability and Climate Change

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Countdown To Earth Day: There’s Still Time To Take Action

Great Forest talked to MediaPost’s Marketing: Green to offer their readers some quick tips on what their companies can do for Earth Day.  Click to see our answers or read on below: From Marketing: Green Much has changed since the first Earth Day (1970) in the U.S. – the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the passage … Continue reading Countdown To Earth Day: There’s Still Time To Take Action

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Earth Day Events Organized Worldwide: Four Examples

March 25, 2014 This article first appeared in Environmental Leader How about breaking a world record for collecting and shredding paper, or filling the lawn of your office building with “sculptures” made of recyclable cups, or holding a haiku competition to promote your sustainability website? These are just some of the more creative ways companies have … Continue reading Earth Day Events Organized Worldwide: Four Examples

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Earth Day 2013 Recap: Cleaning Up a Stream and More

What did you do for Earth Day? Great Forest held dozens of special Earth Day events across the country this year. We staged recycling games in the lobbies of office buildings and malls, created a “fine art” event with elaborately framed green tips, distributed bags of seed bombs that could be taken home and planted, … Continue reading Earth Day 2013 Recap: Cleaning Up a Stream and More

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Three Last-Minute Ideas for Earth Day

Earth Day (April 22) is just around the corner. While there is still time time to plan, here are three quick ideas that you can implement even at the last minute: 1) Say Thank You Thank your staff and/or tenants for their green efforts over the past year.  If your sustainability programs have been a … Continue reading Three Last-Minute Ideas for Earth Day

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How Do Companies Celebrate Earth Day? A Guide to Earth Day Ideas From World Records to Haiku Competitions

In 2012, three companies broke a world record to mark Earth Day. Another organized a haiku competition, while the majority staged events large and small, from building attention-getting recycling sculptures to holding brown bag Lunch and Learn talks. Some took part in worldwide movements, while others involved their companies in local volunteer projects. What will … Continue reading How Do Companies Celebrate Earth Day? A Guide to Earth Day Ideas From World Records to Haiku Competitions

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Sculptures, Moving Globe Displays and Other Earth Day Highlights

Did you see the earth move at one of over 40 unique Earth Day events organized by Great Forest this year? It was just our latest creation – a moving, mechanical globe display, which wowed people at two locations. We made many other big green statements with our signature, attention-getting sculptures constructed out of discarded disposable cups, plastic … Continue reading Sculptures, Moving Globe Displays and Other Earth Day Highlights

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Earth Day Report 2010

Green Buildings to the Rescue Earth Day is 40 years old.  Back when it began in 1970, “green buildings” referred to their color. Today, they stand for energy efficiency, reduced waste and cost savings. But above all, green buildings can save the world! OK, maybe that claim is a little exaggerated, but the impact buildings … Continue reading Earth Day Report 2010

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“Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist Dev Patel Teams Up With Blacksmith To Launch Pure Earth

Actor/activist Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) has teamed up with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute to help launch PURE EARTH, a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the threat toxic pollution poses to poor children living in some of the world’s worst polluted places. Patel, who celebrated his birthday … Continue reading “Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist Dev Patel Teams Up With Blacksmith To Launch Pure Earth

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Earth Hour? How About Ideas For An Office Green Hour?

Earth Hour, which falls on March 29 this year, has become more than just a global effort to get people and organizations to switch off their lights for one hour. Today, it has expanded to include worldwide projects and pledges.  So why not take inspiration from the idea of Earth Hour to make a difference … Continue reading Earth Hour? How About Ideas For An Office Green Hour?

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Breakthrough Solutions for One of Earth’s Biggest Challenges

A conversation with Richard Fuller, president of Great Forest Inc. and the Blacksmith Institute. January 27, 2009. By Alice Bumgarner for Idea Connection Even as Richard Fuller was running Great Forest Inc., one of the top sustainability consulting companies in the U.S., he wondered what sort of tangible environmental impact his work made: Was it … Continue reading Breakthrough Solutions for One of Earth’s Biggest Challenges

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Here’s Your 5-Step Sustainability Checklist For Success In 2017. How Many Have You Completed?

The beginning of whole new year is a great time to review your sustainability strategy, and set the tone for the months ahead. What should you do? 1) Check on new and upcoming regulations Ensure you are in compliance to avoid fines.  Make sure your staff and tenants are aware of the changes. NYC Alert: If … Continue reading Here’s Your 5-Step Sustainability Checklist For Success In 2017. How Many Have You Completed?

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Fact Sheet: E-waste and Universal waste

Regulations What You Should Do Additional Solutions How is E-Waste Recycled? How is Universal Waste Recycled? How Big is the Problem? What is E-waste? E-waste refers to electronic waste that may include working and non-working items that are obsolete or unwanted. Examples:  Computers and peripherals (monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines); televisions; small electronic equipment (VCRs, … Continue reading Fact Sheet: E-waste and Universal waste

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Artist’s Phoenix is a “Recycled” Marvel, Will Soar in NYC for the Next Year (Video)

If you are in NYC, head uptown to see Chinese artist Xu Bing’s monumental “Phoenix” installation soaring inside the Cathedral of St John the Divine on 110th Street. The two birds, measuring over 90 and 100 feet and weighing over 12 tonnes, are “recycled” marvels — made up of construction debris salvaged from sites throughout Beijing. We … Continue reading Artist’s Phoenix is a “Recycled” Marvel, Will Soar in NYC for the Next Year (Video)

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Get the Message with Big Green Statements

* Read the article in Environmental Leader No matter how many educational sessions you hold about recycling and conservation, and how many fact sheets you give out about sustainability, sometimes you just need to make a big visual statement to get the message across loud and clear. On Earth Day this year, tenants at a high-rise … Continue reading Get the Message with Big Green Statements

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20 tips to reduce waste, improve recycling

Introducing the first Great Forest tip sheet on waste and recycling.  Following this list of 20 tips will set you on the path to reducing waste and increasing recycling in the most efficient and cost effective way. Have questions? Ask your Great Forest representative or contact your sustainability consultant. 1. Conduct a Waste Audit This … Continue reading 20 tips to reduce waste, improve recycling

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Giant Cardboard Structure Makes Big Statement About Recycling, Again

On April 18th, Great Forest recycling consultant Sandra Robishaw unveiled a giant cardboard structure, which she designed and built over ten hours with the help of her son Daniel. The attention-grabbing tower was installed in the lobby of 480 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City to make a big statement about recycling and waste – it … Continue reading Giant Cardboard Structure Makes Big Statement About Recycling, Again

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Free Charging Station Encourages Electric Car Usage

Great Forest introduced an electric vehicle charging station to employees at Phillips-Van Heusen’s offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey, for Earth Day.  The station, newly-installed in the building’s parking lot, will charge electric cars for free to encourage drivers to make the switch to gas-free vehicles. Electric car charging station. Photo by Bryan Duggan. “Their corporate … Continue reading Free Charging Station Encourages Electric Car Usage

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Great Forest Newsletter Archive

Our monthly publication is your source for the latest sustainability news, with tips, updates and a Q&A for businesses and commercial buildings. Signup for our Email Newsletter June 2017 May 2017 March/April 2017 Feb./March 2017 Jan. 2017 Dec. 2016 Happy Holidays Nov./Dec/ 2016 Oct. 2016 Sept. 2016 Aug. 2016 July 2016 May/June 2016 April 2016 … Continue reading Great Forest Newsletter Archive

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Making A Difference:
Golf, Green “Beer” and Generosity

A big thank you to Mike Doherty, President/CEO of Building Maintenance Services; Ralph Scopo from Classic, the team from Royal Waste, and all the other industry folks who turned out in force to support this year’s Pure Earth golf benefit. As many of you know,  the nonprofit Pure Earth was established by Great Forest president Richard Fuller … Continue reading Making A Difference:
Golf, Green “Beer” and Generosity

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Making A Difference:
Walk-Through Of Agbogbloshie E-Waste Dump Site Spreads Message About Safe Recycling

Great Forest is a proud supporter of Pure Earth, a nonprofit that works to clean up some of the world’s worst polluted communities. Our blog features regular stories about their work is Making A Difference. Recycling is a great thing.  But it has to be done properly. When improperly processed, e-waste can pollute and poison communities.  This … Continue reading Making A Difference:
Walk-Through Of Agbogbloshie E-Waste Dump Site Spreads Message About Safe Recycling

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Making A Difference: So Fresh, So Clean

What do you do after your home and yard has just been decontaminated? Well, you lie down on the freshly cleaned ground! These boys in the Chowa neighborhood of Kabwe, Zambia, are displaying their playful appreciation. When this photo was taken, the nonprofit Pure Earth had just completed the remediation of 24 highly contaminated homes … Continue reading Making A Difference: So Fresh, So Clean

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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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Making A Difference: New Book From Great Forest Founder Chronicles “Indiana Jones-Style” Adventures In World’s Most Toxic Places

“Richard Fuller has been the driving force behind two huge environmental agendas: corporate sustainability and pollution in the developing world. He’s the Elon Musk of the environment.” — Hon Nereus Acosta, Advisor for the Environment, Office of the President, Government of the Philippines Who knew cleaning up toxic waste could be the stuff of Indiana … Continue reading Making A Difference: New Book From Great Forest Founder Chronicles “Indiana Jones-Style” Adventures In World’s Most Toxic Places

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Making A Difference: What Causes 1 in 7 Deaths?

What’s the leading cause of death in developing countries? A.  malnutrition and undernutrition B.  tuberculosis, malaria & HIV/AIDS C.  pollution Click to find out.  The answer might surprise you. This stealth killer causes 1 in 7 deaths around the world. Great Forest is a proud supporter of the Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth, a … Continue reading Making A Difference: What Causes 1 in 7 Deaths?

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Making A Difference: A Toxic Mystery At A School In Armenia

Recently, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth came across a school in Armenia, where various mounds of highly toxic waste had mysteriously appeared (see photo below). The piles appeared to have been dumped there surreptitiously by a company looking to get rid of their mining waste. Children  in the school yard were playing around the exposed piles … Continue reading Making A Difference: A Toxic Mystery At A School In Armenia

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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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Making A Difference: Businessweek Features Great Forest Founder’s Global Pollution Cleanup Efforts

“Fuller and Pure Earth (Blacksmith) have amassed an impressive record of success…” — Businessweek, Sept. 2014 Great Forest founder Richard Fuller spoke with Businessweek recently about his work addressing global toxic pollution with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth. The article also chronicled one of Blacksmith’s most dangerous cleanup projects at a former soviet arms site sitting on … Continue reading Making A Difference: Businessweek Features Great Forest Founder’s Global Pollution Cleanup Efforts

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Making A Difference: Play Golf, Do Good

The 6th annual Pure Earth/Blacksmith Golf Benefit returns to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Westchester, New York, on Monday, September 29, 2014. Mike Doherty, President/CEO of Building Maintenance Services, is this year’s honoree. Thanks to all Great Forest clients and friends for helping us support this great event year after year. The benefit raises crucial funds to clean … Continue reading Making A Difference: Play Golf, Do Good

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Making A Difference: Breaking Mexico’s 500-Year-Old Toxic Tradition

Renowned Poet Homero Aridjis Makes Heartfelt Plea For A Lead-Free Mexico  Did you know that millions of men, women and children in Mexico have elevated blood lead levels?  Many are “poisoned” at each meal by food cooked in or served on traditional pottery made by local artisans using toxic lead glazes. Did you know that a … Continue reading Making A Difference: Breaking Mexico’s 500-Year-Old Toxic Tradition

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Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

Just how hard is it to clean up a toxic polluted site sitting on top of a “bomb,” at a secret site? This month’s TCE magazine features the story behind Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute’s work dealing with one of the most dangerous examples of legacy pollution – the toxic remains of Soviet arms production. In a … Continue reading Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

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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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Bringing Nature Into the Office in a More Sustainable Way

Flowers and plants are often used at businesses for events & conferences and in building entrances and reception areas. But how can we bring nature into the office in a more sustainable way?  Great Forest recently met with Irene Woodard of True Blooms to find out more. GF: Why are flower arrangements important for businesses … Continue reading Bringing Nature Into the Office in a More Sustainable Way

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