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“Further With Food” – Online Hub For Food Waste Solutions Features Resources From Great Forest and Others

With regulations targeting organics on the rise nationwide, a new online resource backed by the USDA, EPA, and other partners, aims to gather relevant material together in one place to make it easier for businesses and organizations looking for information and help addressing food waste issues. Great Forest’s guide to new and emerging food waste technologies is … Continue reading “Further With Food” – Online Hub For Food Waste Solutions Features Resources From Great Forest and Others

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Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

No matter where your business is located across the country, staying on top of new and updated regulations is key to avoiding fines, which can add up. Take note of the date a law goes into effect, and the date at which enforcement starts. Give yourself enough time to get ready to be in compliance. Here’s your … Continue reading Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

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

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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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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Overview: A Guide To New And Emerging Food Waste Technologies

What is the difference between anaerobic or aerobic digestion?  What is thermal hydrolysis or pyrolysis? Great Forest has put together a detailed overview of various new and emerging food waste technologies that might be viable alternatives to the current practice of landfilling food waste.  The guide – “New And Emerging Food Waste Recycling Technologies” – will help you make … Continue reading Overview: A Guide To New And Emerging Food Waste Technologies

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When Hotels Redecorate, What Happens To Hundreds Of Old Items?

When hotels redecorate or upgrade, the question of what to do with old items like bulky furniture is multiplied by the number of rooms they have. What do you do with 200 bedding sets and coffee makers? Or 300 compendium boxes (those trays you find in hotel rooms to hold note pads, pens and keys)? Or … Continue reading When Hotels Redecorate, What Happens To Hundreds Of Old Items?

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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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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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5 Things Every Building Manager/Owner Should Do

You have a large building to run and too many things to do.  Here’s a handy list of 5 actions you should do, at least once a year. 1) Renegotiate your contacts, competitively bid for crucial services especially waste hauling. Things change – market forces, regulations, tenants, etc.  Take the time to review and renew your contracts, … Continue reading 5 Things Every Building Manager/Owner Should Do

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3 Things Your Business Can Do NOW To Reduce Energy Costs This Summer

For many businesses, summer means higher energy costs. Here are three simple things you can do NOW to save money and be more energy efficient this summer… and three more tips to get you ready for next summer. What you can do NOW: 1) Use daylight Most offices have their lights on even when they are not … Continue reading 3 Things Your Business Can Do NOW To Reduce Energy Costs This Summer

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What Should You Report, and How?

For many companies, the beginning of a new year is the time to start thinking about non-financial reporting. While reports can take different forms, Ernst & Young has identified the transition to the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 reporting as one of 2014’s top sustainability trends for businesses. Over the years we have seen many companies grapple … Continue reading What Should You Report, and How?

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Looking Ahead: Five Things Business Should Do To Start The Year With Sustainability in Mind

This time of year lends itself to reflection, re-evaluation, and goal setting. Look through the lens of sustainability with the following five tips and your business will jump start 2014 with an eco-advantage. 1. Consider your accomplishments in 2013. What sustainability strategies did your company implement this past year? Were they successful? Are your employees and … Continue reading Looking Ahead: Five Things Business Should Do To Start The Year With Sustainability in Mind

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Composting for Businesses and Organizations: A Guide

This Great Forest guide to composting was first published in Environmental Leader, November 7, 2013. Composting is just one approach to dealing with food and organic waste. Great Forest’s organics program is customized to work with each client’s individual needs, and may include composting, as well as anaerobic and aerobic digestion. — While the recycling of paper, plastic … Continue reading Composting for Businesses and Organizations: A Guide

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Time to Recertify Your LEED Building?

Is your LEED status about to expire?  For a small but growing number of buildings, the answer is Yes. LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED: EB O&M) requires recertification every five years. Recertification takes about a year to complete so if your building obtained LEED on or before 2009, it is time to start the process. … Continue reading Time to Recertify Your LEED Building?

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Paper Consumption At The Office

One study estimates that a $5 ream of paper could end up costing you up to $155 with the associated costs (storage, copying, printing, disposal, postage and more) factored in. Today, with the average office employee using about 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, it makes both good business and environmental sense to reduce paper … Continue reading Five Ways to Reduce Your Paper Consumption At The Office

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Keep Cool At Work This Summer

Stay cool this summer and save on energy costs without making your air conditioner work overtime. Reduce heat sources – Switching from incandescent to fluorescent lighting does more than help your bottom line by saving energy. It also reduces excess heat produced by inefficient incandescents, keeping your office cooler. Look for other electronics and appliances … Continue reading Keep Cool At Work This Summer

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Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist

The Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist will help you jumpstart or fine tune your sustainability efforts at work. While there are many more things you can do, beginning with items on this list will give you a solid foundation and push you further along on the sustainability maturation curve. We will update this list … Continue reading Great Forest Green Office Sustainability Checklist

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Five Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Studies show that indoor air is 2 to 5 more polluted than outdoor air, due in part to the carpeting, paint, and other chemicals standard in our modern lives. What can you do in your office to minimize indoor air pollutants? Here are five ideas. 1. Add Plants – Add some greenery to your office environment … Continue reading Five Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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How To Make Your Company Greener in 10 Steps?

The Business Journals spoke with Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability, about what companies can do to get started down a greener path. Even with existing office spaces and limited budgets, businesses can incorporate sustainable practices into their daily operations that will deliver a significant return on investment – for the environment and their … Continue reading How To Make Your Company Greener in 10 Steps?

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5 Ways To Conserve Energy At Work

1. Flip The Switch – Lighting consumes about 18 percent of U.S.-generated electricity; another 4 to 5 percent of our electricity bill goes toward counteracting the heat these lights generate. If you find that you and your co-workers have trouble remembering to shut off the lights at the end of the day, motion-detecting lights may be … Continue reading 5 Ways To Conserve Energy At Work

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8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

Existing buildings can receive high scores without dragging out the LEED process if they follow these 8 steps, according to Buildings Magazine, which put together this tip sheet with advice from Great Forest and other industry experts. It may seem like common sense, but some gung-ho teams end up focusing too much on optional credits … Continue reading 8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

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The Sustainability Check-Up – 10 Tips For Well Rounded Sustainability

If you only have time to do one thing for each of your green programs, you might start with these to help keep your sustainability efforts well rounded and in top shape. Here are 10 tips – one useful to-do idea for each facet of your green efforts, from energy to recycling to education. 1.  Education and Outreach Tip … Continue reading The Sustainability Check-Up – 10 Tips For Well Rounded Sustainability

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10 Steps to An Effective Office Recycling Challenge

Read the article in Environmental Leader Amy Marpman, Director, Recycling Services, Great Forest, Inc. Published June 26, 2012 There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get people motivated. Corporations can take a lesson from college campuses, where a growing number of challenges like Recyclemania are successfully getting students to compete to conserve and reduce waste. As my … Continue reading 10 Steps to An Effective Office Recycling Challenge

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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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Tips for a Greener 2011

Have you been sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?  Here are eleven eco-friendly ideas to keep you on track for 2011: ·  Use Less Paper – ALWAYS use recycled paper and reduce waste by printing on both sides. ·  Learn Recycling Guidelines – Take a moment to review the recycling guidelines for your office building in order … Continue reading Tips for a Greener 2011

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Holiday Green Tips

For the Season and Beyond 1.  Season’s “Greenings” Go paperless!  It’s not too late to send your eco-friendly holiday greetings via email. 2.  Give the Gift that Gives Back Instead of buying gifts, organize an activity for your employees to give back to the community.  This can be as simple as holding a food or … Continue reading Holiday Green Tips

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Holiday Green Tips For the Season and Beyond

1. Season’s “Greenings” Go paperless! It’s not too late to send your eco-friendly holiday greetings via email. 2. Give the Gift that Gives Back Instead of buying gifts, organize an activity for your employees to give back to the community. This can be as simple as holding a food or toy drive, or as involved … Continue reading Holiday Green Tips For the Season and Beyond

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Great Forest Waste Chart

To mark America Recycles Day, Great Forest has created a handy chart that follows the flow of your office waste, with reminders of what to do and what NOT to do.

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