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“Emergency” Waste Management Seminar To Help NYC Hotels Avoid Fines Being Issued

NYC hotels are being fined.  Now help is on its way. Join us for the upcoming HANYC Waste Management Seminar on June 29, organized by the Hotel Association of NYC with support from Great Forest. The event was organized quickly in response to the increasingly stringent waste regulations that are affecting hotels and their bottom … Continue reading “Emergency” Waste Management Seminar To Help NYC Hotels Avoid Fines Being Issued

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Great Forest Returns To Manage Recycling And Composting At Large Scale Harvest Fest

  “Great Forest has been instrumental in helping us minimize trash and maximize recycling and composting at our large-scale festivals,” said Estelle Silberman, event manager, Stone Barns Center For Food And Agriculture. Read the full testimonial. And we are looking forwarding to doing it all again this weekend at the sold-out Harvest Fest, one of … Continue reading Great Forest Returns To Manage Recycling And Composting At Large Scale Harvest Fest

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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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Panel – Latest Sustainability Trends, Challenges

What are the latest sustainability trends and challenges facing buildings and businesses? A recent panel on the topic organized by the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District (BID) drew about 60 people from across the  industry, including representatives from local government and property management companies. Keynote speaker Brendan Shane, C40 Cities’ regional director … Continue reading Panel – Latest Sustainability Trends, Challenges

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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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“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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Earn Extra LEED Credit For America Recycles Day?

Did you know that you can use events and outreach activities you are planning for America Recycles Day (which falls on November 15) to earn extra LEED credit for your building? This “design yourself” Innovation in Operations (IO) credit is not assigned to any one LEED category. Instead, it allows you the freedom to present “new and creative solutions to … Continue reading Earn Extra LEED Credit For America Recycles Day?

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Great Forest To Steer Stone Barns’ Composting/Recycling At Popular Fall Festival

Large events often leave behind mountains of waste that few organizers know how to handle. The logistics of recycling and composting at festivals can seem insurmountable, but this year, Stone Barns is meeting the challenge, and we will be there to make sure they succeed. Great Forest will be managing composting and recycling at Stone Barn’s annual Harvest Fest, … Continue reading Great Forest To Steer Stone Barns’ Composting/Recycling At Popular Fall Festival

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Getting Festival-Goers to Recycle, With the Help of Sidewalk Chalk

Summer is festival time. Festivals mean plenty of disposable plates, cups, bottles, cans and utensils will be used. Unfortunately, festival organizers do not always have the resources to install a recycling program or insist that all vendors use biodegradable wares that can be placed in the trash. But a growing number of festivals around the … Continue reading Getting Festival-Goers to Recycle, With the Help of Sidewalk Chalk

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New Report: To Encourage Green Behavior, Don’t Mention The Environment

You have all seen those notices in hotel bathrooms about reusing towels. A new report reveals that those messages are NOT very effective when they appeal to your green conscience like this: “Save our planet: every day millions of gallons of water are used to wash towels that have been used only once.” But are more … Continue reading New Report: To Encourage Green Behavior, Don’t Mention The Environment

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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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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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Recycling Warmth: Holiday Coat Drive

With the new year greeting us with a blast of extra cold weather, we were glad to have been able to help Twinbrook Partnership with a holiday coat drive in December for their community in Rockville, Maryland. Great Forest worked with Capital Asset Recovery, an R2 certified electronics recycling vendor, to provide 30 collection bins at 15 locations … Continue reading Recycling Warmth: Holiday Coat Drive

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“Recycled” Bird Takes Off At America Recycles Day

Great Forest hosted a series of events at office buildings across the country on America Recycles Day to promote recycling. There were games, giveaways, “Lunch and Learn” lectures, and even a magnificent six-foot-tall bird created out of recyclable materials! “We wanted to draw attention to the fact that everything we used to create the bird can … Continue reading “Recycled” Bird Takes Off At America Recycles Day

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The Link Between Selfishness, Happiness, and Being Green

At Great Forest, we are always interested in what motivates green behavior. So when we found out that our very own Kevin McNab completed his Masters thesis paper last year on the relationship between environmentally responsible behavior (ERB) and subjective well-being (SWB), we asked him to summarize his findings for us. His research, which included … Continue reading The Link Between Selfishness, Happiness, and Being Green

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Are You Ready For America Recycles Day 2013?

Thousands of recycling events are held across the country around November 15 each year to mark America Recycles Day. Want to get people talking about your organization’s recycling? Try creating a big statement in the lobby (like this recycling structure on the left), or organize a small educational event just for your office. You can even do something as simple as sharing … Continue reading Are You Ready For America Recycles Day 2013?

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Towering Display of Plastic Bottles Reminds Office Workers To Recycle

Office workers at one NYC skyscraper certainly got the message about recycling this month. They could not miss the 10-foot-high display of used plastic bottles that greeted them in the lobby each day for a week as they arrived for work. The attention-getting display was created over three days and installed by Great Forest. [Related: Get … Continue reading Towering Display of Plastic Bottles Reminds Office Workers To Recycle

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Making A Difference: Great Forest Raises Money to Clean Polluted Site in India

As part of our giving back pledge, Great Forest supported the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute’s first benefit for India, which raised hundreds of thousands for pollution cleanup, including over $30,000 to launch a new project in Khan Chandpur, a village of 1,200 people in Kanpur. Located in the leather hub of India, the village is one of about 30 … Continue reading Making A Difference: Great Forest Raises Money to Clean Polluted Site in India

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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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Over 100 Restaurants Pledge to Reduce Food Waste by 50%

Le Bernardin, Momofuku, Chipotle and Juice Generation are among over 100 restaurants in NYC that have pledged to reduce by half the amount of food waste sent to landfills. Instead of throwing away food, the restaurants will implement strategies like composting and recycling. Great Forest provided assistance on the development of this Food Waste Challenge for the … Continue reading Over 100 Restaurants Pledge to Reduce Food Waste by 50%

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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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Congratulations…

Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River, New York, has won the 2012 Rockland Business Association’s Green Council Award for Large Business. A Great Forest client for almost two decades, Blue Hill Plaza was honored for its exceptional recycling program, among other green features. Congratulations from the entire Great Forest team! [Photo: Joanne Morano, Director of Property … Continue reading Congratulations…

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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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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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Speak Green Conference Inspires

Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability, recently attended the Speak Greenconference on June 8, 2011. Below she shares a recap of what she learned from the four panel discussions and keynote presentations. — Speak Green, organized by Urban Green, was created in response to the energy that is behind the green building movement that … Continue reading Speak Green Conference Inspires

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Case Study: Building Sustainability Through Tenants

Promoting building-wide sustainability is often a two-pronged process. “In addition to pushing forward common area and building system initiatives, we also reach out to tenants and stakeholders at the same time,” explains Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability. ” As part of Great Forest’s sustainability management program at 650 Fifth Avenue, Great Forest is … Continue reading Case Study: Building Sustainability Through Tenants

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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 Begins Free Urban Green Council Presentations

This month, Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability, gave a free presentation on benchmarking and NYC’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) to a group of property service managers from the 32 BJ SEIU workers union. Great Forest is working with the Urban Green Council to offer these free presentations to building industry organizations, building … Continue reading Great Forest Begins Free Urban Green Council Presentations

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Congratulations! Great Forest Clients Nominated for Pinnacle Award

Great Forest clients are once again among the nominees for BOMA/NY’s2010-2011 Pinnacle Award, honoring the most successfully run buildings in New York City. Winners will be eligible for the national TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) award. Great Forest is especially proud of our sustainability work with current nominees Boston Properties, CB Richard Ellis, Inc., … Continue reading Congratulations! Great Forest Clients Nominated for Pinnacle Award

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Conference: Driving Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

Great Forest Moderates Panel of Experts at Columbia University Great Forest’s Director of Sustainability, Anna Dengler, moderated a panel on corporate sustainable supply chains held at Columbia University on November 16. Speakers included Lee Ballin from Bloomberg LP’s Office of Sustainability; Karen Alonardo, founder and CEO of CSRware; Professor Steven Cohen, director of M.S. in … Continue reading Conference: Driving Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

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Urban Green Gala Recognizes Leadership in NYC’s Built Environment

Urban Green Gala will be held on November 4         Please join us in congratulating David R. Greenbaum, President, New York Office, Vornado Realty Trust, who will be honored at the Urban Green Gala on November 4 for his leadership role in improving the sustainability of New York’s built environments. Great Forest is proud … Continue reading Urban Green Gala Recognizes Leadership in NYC’s Built Environment

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America Recycles Day Coming Up

Plan an educational event with Great Forest                   America Recycles Day is November 15th. It’s a great time to remind employees and tenants to make use of the recycling programs you have in place. “The most common reason people have for not recycling is that they don’t … Continue reading America Recycles Day Coming Up

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Presentation to Students on Green Building in NYC

In mid-July Great Forest’s Nate Kimball gave a talk to an undergraduate UCLA class about green building in New York. The class, entitled UCLA in New York, focused on comparing New York City’s green efforts to Los Angeles’ efforts. Nate presented case studies of new buildings that are LEED certified such as Bank of America, … Continue reading Presentation to Students on Green Building in NYC

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Great Forest Works with NY State to Foster Sustainability

Great Forest was recently invited by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP21)  to share insights on sustainable business practices at its Green Offices, Green Purchasing workshop. NYSP21 is a statewide initiative focused on the development of sustainable businesses and organizations, including government agencies and nonprofit institutions. Check their site for updates on education workshops … Continue reading Great Forest Works with NY State to Foster Sustainability

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Alliance Bernstein Hosts Environmental Event

AllianceBernstein recently held an environmental event at its offices at 1345 Avenue of the Americas to promote the firm’s sustainability programs. Anna Dengler and Nate Kimball of Great Forest were on hand to talk about energy efficiency and recycling. They also treated staffers to a recycling game — players had to select items from a … Continue reading Alliance Bernstein Hosts Environmental Event

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Cardboard Tower Illustrates Height of Waste, Promotes Recycling

Great Forest made a big statement about recycling and waste with this massive cardboard tower.  The visually stunning display caught the eye of many tenants in the lobby of 480 Washington Boulevard.  It illustrated in simple, visual terms the amount of waste generated from discarding cardboard trays used in many cafeterias. Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s … Continue reading Cardboard Tower Illustrates Height of Waste, Promotes Recycling

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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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Were you at BOMA’s Energy Action Day?

Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability, and consultant Nathaniel Kimball at Great Forest’s booth at BOMA’s Energy Action Day on March 9. Read an excerpt of Great Forest COO Drew Master’s talk on sustainability if you missed the panel discussion.

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Great Forest Clients To Participate in Earth Hour March 27th

(Photo from Canberra, Australia, Earth Hour 2009) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2010 by encouraging its members and local associations to support the initiative. (See sidebar “Did You Know” for more about Earth Hour.) “The commercial real estate industry is committed to finding … Continue reading Great Forest Clients To Participate in Earth Hour March 27th

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Great Forest Presents at Business Panel

Great Forest President Richard Fuller was recently invited to join Australian business leaders in a panel on “The Australian Carbon Trust and the Business of Sustainability.” Organized by the Advance Green Network and Westpac Institutional Bank, the panel brought Richard together with corporate leaders Ben McCallum of Lime Energy, Debra Goundrey of Sustainable World Capital and … Continue reading Great Forest Presents at Business Panel

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