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How The Peninsula New York Topped the Hotel Category in the Zero Waste Challenge

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Read the full story, which first appeared in Green Lodging News. The results of the New York City Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge were recently revealed, with The Peninsula New York emerging tops in the hotel category. The Peninsula was able to double its diversion rate in just a few months during the Challenge, in the process, … Continue reading How The Peninsula New York Topped the Hotel Category in the Zero Waste Challenge

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The Economics Of Recycling: What You Should Know

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Low oil prices, low commodity prices and the continued Green Fence in China are the three main factors that are affecting waste service costs across the country right now. In the current market with cheap oil, “virgin” plastic (a by-product of oil production), is cheaper than recycled plastic.  At the same time, slower growth in … Continue reading The Economics Of Recycling: What You Should Know

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Post COP21: A Look Ahead in 2016

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In the final month of 2015, over 200 countries came together in Paris to agree on a global strategy to deal with climate change. Here in the U.S., New York, California, Minnesota, Vermont, and Oregon are among states that have pledged to support the COP21 agreement.  This may point to greater efforts by local governments to cut emissions in the … Continue reading Post COP21: A Look Ahead in 2016

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Industry Trends:
Save Billions By Cutting Food Waste

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In 2016, an increasing number of businesses will be focusing on cutting food waste.  Why? Because businesses can save billions by doing so.  In the U.S., as much as 3000 pounds of food is wasted every second. During the holiday season, that figure is even higher.  The problem is estimated to cost the food retail industry almost … Continue reading Industry Trends:
Save Billions By Cutting Food Waste

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Insights:
Is America Recycles Day Obsolete?

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What did you do for America Recycles Day this year? For nearly twenty years, Americans have been coming together each November 15 to mark America Recycles Day.  It is the one day dedicated to educating and motivating friends, family and colleagues about the importance and impact of recycling. Today, recycling has become such an integral … Continue reading Insights:
Is America Recycles Day Obsolete?

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Q&A: Brenda Pulley On America Recycles Day

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Do we really still need one day set aside to promote recycling? Do we still need America Recycles Day? If you read John Tierney’s recent New York Times article “The Reign of Recycling” (and the enormous outcry that followed), you would know that the answer is yes.  We still need America Recycles Day because there are still a … Continue reading Q&A: Brenda Pulley On America Recycles Day

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A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

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A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability The Waldorf Astoria was one of three winners of the inaugural 2014 HANYC Sustainability Awards, given out by the Hotel Association of NYC. What have they been doing in the year since their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out: … Continue reading A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

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Corporate Sustainability Reputation Can Account For 11% Of Firm’s Value

Two new reports presented at the recent Commit Forum shed more light on the increasing value of sustainability to businesses. A news summary of both reports noted that companies with strong sustainability reputations benefit from: Increased company value. According to the report, an average of 33% of a company’s value can be attributed to its name, and … Continue reading Corporate Sustainability Reputation Can Account For 11% Of Firm’s Value

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The Reign Of Recycling Is NOT Over: A Roundup of Responses To John Tierney

Over the past week, the worlds of recycling and sustainability have been buzzing about John Tierney’s New York Times article “The Reign of Recycling.” Tierney’s piece, which restates an old argument he made in 1996 against recycling, prompted an outcry. In it he concludes: “… cities have been burying garbage for thousands of years, and it’s still … Continue reading The Reign Of Recycling Is NOT Over: A Roundup of Responses To John Tierney

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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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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability The Carlton hotel was one of three winners of the 2014 HANYC Sustainability Awards. What have they been doing in the year since their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out from General Manager Vic Freeman. Q: What did winning the first HANYC … Continue reading A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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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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