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Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

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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?

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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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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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Trends: The Food Waste Epidemic – What Can You Do?

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…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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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