Case Studies

LEED:
40 Worth, Built in 1929, Achieves Silver Certification

Great Forest managed the entire LEED process for 40 Worth, a multi-tenant Newmark Grubb Knight Frank building in lower Manhattan. This included multi-year project coordination, a LEED waste audit, an APPA audit, an occupant transit survey, implementation of building policies for waste, cleaning and general sustainable building maintenance, as well as work to determine an … Continue reading LEED:
40 Worth, Built in 1929, Achieves Silver Certification

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650 Fifth Avenue:
An Ongoing Sustainability Partnership

Great Forest has developed and maintained all of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, including energy efficiency projects, the installation of waterless urinals and our comprehensive recycling program. Using their quantitative metrics system, Great Forest tracks these programs to report our successes and drive improvement. As a result, we have achieved a recycling diversion ratio of 90%, … Continue reading 650 Fifth Avenue:
An Ongoing Sustainability Partnership

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Zero Waste/Hotels:
How Great Forest Helped The Peninsula Top The Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge

Great Forest client The Peninsula New York emerged tops in the hotel category of the 2016 NYC Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge. Within just a few short months, the Peninsula was able double their diversion rate with Great Forest’s help. Here’s how we did it: 1) Evaluate – The team started by conducting a waste audit  “In … Continue reading Zero Waste/Hotels:
How Great Forest Helped The Peninsula Top The Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge

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Zero Waste:
Great Forest Clients Top NYC Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, Become Role Models

The Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge resulted in the total diversion of 36,910 tons of material being diverted from landfill and incineration, which results in an enormous environmental benefit to our city… Great Forest played an important role in helping participants like the Peninsula New York reach a 67% diversion rate… It’s organizations like these that … Continue reading Zero Waste:
Great Forest Clients Top NYC Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, Become Role Models

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Stone Barns Center For Food And Agriculture:
Managing Waste/Recycling Logistics For Large Festival

Great Forest has been instrumental in helping us minimize trash and maximize recycling and composting at our large-scale festivals.  Through comprehensive planning, educational sorting stations and well-designed signage, Great Forest has moved us toward our goal of successfully separating waste at our events while educating event-goers on the importance and processes of sustainable waste management. Great Forest has had a big … Continue reading Stone Barns Center For Food And Agriculture:
Managing Waste/Recycling Logistics For Large Festival

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Waste Audits:
Great Forest Helps USGBC Keep An Eye On Their LEED Performance

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 Waste Audits:
Great Forest Helps USGBC Keep An Eye On Their LEED Performance

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Waste Management Program:
Getting Better Waste Data For Businesses

This Great Forest case study was featured in Environmental Leader’s 2014 Insider Knowledge Report–Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers (download pdf). It documents the innovative Open Top Container Log (OTCL) system developed by Great Forest. —– Summary: Waste costs can take up a substantial portion of a company’s operating budget. What we have found is that … Continue reading Waste Management Program:
Getting Better Waste Data For Businesses

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Waste Management Program:
Great Forest Helps A Manufacturer Profit From Increased Waste Diversion

The manufacturing industry is one that can greatly profit from increased waste diversion and improved sustainability, partly because of the sheer volume of material they generate. Here is one example of how Great Forest helped one manufacturer reduce waste and lower costs in a busy industrial setting. Client: Industrial (Manufacture/Resale), located in the Midwest. Problem:  This … Continue reading Waste Management Program:
Great Forest Helps A Manufacturer Profit From Increased Waste Diversion

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Recycling Management:
How Great Forest Increased Recycling With A Centralized System

This Great Forest case study was featured in Environmental Leader’s 2013 Insider Knowledge Report–Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers, pg 124. (download the full pdf, 2013 report). Great Forest works with corporate clients to divert as much as 50,000 tons of material from landfills daily. We find that in many cases, businesses can … Continue reading Recycling Management:
How Great Forest Increased Recycling With A Centralized System

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Waste Management Program:
How Great Forest Cut Costs By Over 50% For Two Buildings

It is one of the industry’s best-kept secrets – effective waste and recycling management can dramatically lower waste costs by as much as 50%. David Troust, Great Forest’s director of sustainability for the Mid-Atlantic region, recently pulled together two case studies to illustrate this point. He presented the data to over 100 industry and local … Continue reading Waste Management Program:
How Great Forest Cut Costs By Over 50% For Two Buildings

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Organics Program:
How Great Forest’s Pilot Program Helped Two Clients Customize Solutions

Great Forest develops and customizes programs that best fit each client’s needs. Sometimes, this involves a trial pilot that can help determine the feasibility of a program before investment in a full launch. Here is an example of what two trial pilot programs addressing organics revealed: Case 1: A large financial firm in Weehawken, NJ, with a three-building campus housing … Continue reading Organics Program:
How Great Forest’s Pilot Program Helped Two Clients Customize Solutions

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