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

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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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NYC Businesses: Get Ready For New Rules

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Attention all NYC businesses. New waste and recycling regulations went into effect last year. We are now in the warning period. The warning period for the new organics rule just ended.  Enforcement begins Jan. 2017. Are you ready? Learn more:  Q&A On New Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Need help? Here is what … Continue reading NYC Businesses: Get Ready For New Rules

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – See What We Accomplished Together in 2016

Gathered here is just a small fraction of Great Forest's nationwide team. From our offices in San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between, THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT YEAR 2016 has been such an eventful year. What did we all accomplish together? Below is a short list of highlights. Happy holidays from the entire Great Forest team. The EPA incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into its updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. For the first … Continue reading HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – See What We Accomplished Together in 2016

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EPA Incorporates Great Forest’s Metric Into Updated Industry Standard

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into their updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. These conversions can now be used across all industries to help standardize how waste and recycling is tracked. This is the first time an acceptable standard is available for calculating … Continue reading EPA Incorporates Great Forest’s Metric Into Updated Industry Standard

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Transforming Waste – A Guide To Donating For Reuse, Avoiding Landfills

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During this season of giving and thanks, we thought it might be helpful to put all our advice on donating for reuse into a handy guide. Each year, over 100 million tons of material end up in landfills. This includes many reusable items–such as furniture, equipment and electronics–from businesses that are renovating or clearing out their … Continue reading Transforming Waste – A Guide To Donating For Reuse, Avoiding Landfills

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Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

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What do you do if you need to get rid of 100 gallons of furniture polish and clear out over 400 beds? While many businesses would simply pay to get the items hauled away, often to the landfill, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco turned to a nonprofit it had worked with before. In September, we told … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

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2016 HANYC Awards: NYC’s Greenest And Most Socially Responsible Hotels Are Revealed

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Congratulations! Winners of the 2016 HANYC Sustainability Awards were revealed in New York City on November 14, 2016 during HX: The Hotel Experience 2016, North America’s largest hospitality industry trade event. Presented by the Hotel Association of New York City, the HANYC Sustainability Awards recognize and honor hotels leading the way in sustainability, and making a … Continue reading 2016 HANYC Awards: NYC’s Greenest And Most Socially Responsible Hotels Are Revealed

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20 Tips To Get You Started For America Recycles Day On Nov. 15

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America Recycles Day is November 15. It is the one day to remind yourself and everyone around you about the importance of recycling. NEED HELP? Here are 20 TIPS to get you started. Following this list of 20 tips will set you on the path to reducing waste and increasing recycling in the most efficient … Continue reading 20 Tips To Get You Started For America Recycles Day On Nov. 15

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Regulation Updates: NYC’s Energy Efficiency Laws Expand To Cover More Buildings. Is Yours Affected?

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NYC’s expanded energy efficiency laws will now cover more buildings than before. An additional 10,000 properties to be more precise, covering nearly 350 million square feet. Chances are that your NYC building, portfolio of buildings, or your tenants WILL BE AFFECTED by these newest changes so take note. For this next round, newly compliant properties under LL84 will not be retrieving … Continue reading Regulation Updates: NYC’s Energy Efficiency Laws Expand To Cover More Buildings. Is Yours Affected?

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What The Surprising Results From 3,550 Site Visits Reveal About Businesses And Recycling

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This blog post is from Great Forest sustainability research intern Kathleen Emerson, a recent graduate from Hunter College holding a B.A. in Environmental Studies: Policy and Management. She is a zero waste enthusiast who is actively mindful of reducing consumption and properly handling waste. She is passionate about sustainability and waste management and wants to continue … Continue reading What The Surprising Results From 3,550 Site Visits Reveal About Businesses And Recycling

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

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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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Deadline Alert:
Last Day Approaching To Register For LEED 2009 Projects

October 31, 2016 is the last day to register LEED® projects under LEED 2009 rating systems. After that date, all new LEED projects will transition to using LEED v4. Register at LEED online with your project details, payment and any forms to show you are authorized to act on the project owner’s behalf, if you are not the project … Continue reading Deadline Alert:
Last Day Approaching To Register For LEED 2009 Projects

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