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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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Q&A: What is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business?

A new report answers that question, and more. According to Sustainability Insights: Learning From Business Leaders, some 44% of companies say engagement with business leadership is the most important factor in successfully implementing a sustainability strategy. A top-down approach, however, won’t work unless the business community puts sustainability at the heart of its operations. Source: … Continue reading Q&A: What is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business?

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Q&A: Which is a Better Environmental Choice for my Building: Electric Hand Dryers or Paper Towels?

While electric hand dryers and paper towels both come with environmental costs, there appears to be a clear winner in this debate: hand dryers. Electric hand dryers, especially the latest technology dryers that are 1,600 watts or less, have significantly less environmental impact over their lifetime than the use of paper towels during that period … Continue reading Q&A: Which is a Better Environmental Choice for my Building: Electric Hand Dryers or Paper Towels?

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Q&A: Should our business switch to LED lighting?

If your commercial office building or business is planning a lighting upgrade, you can’t beat LED lighting. According to the Energy Star website, LED commercial light fixtures offer an unprecedented opportunity to save energy, maintenance and cooling costs and is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation, new construction projects, or easy retrofits. Reduces energy costs … Continue reading Q&A: Should our business switch to LED lighting?

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Q&A: How Can My Company Set up A Volunteer Program?

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Americans volunteered over 8 billion hours in 2010. Encouraging employees to volunteer in the community is a win-win for any business. Here are a few tips: Choose to volunteer for a cause that resonates with your employees or tenants. This might mean a cause related to your area … Continue reading Q&A: How Can My Company Set up A Volunteer Program?

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Q&A: How Can I Encourage Employees to Bike to Work?

May is National Bike Month. So how can you encourage your employees to commute to work by two wheels? Well, first, consider installing bike racks. Your employees need a way to securely lock their bike in a covered area during the day. Bike racks can help if you are pursuing LEED certification. Your biking employees … Continue reading Q&A: How Can I Encourage Employees to Bike to Work?

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Q&A: How much energy do I save by taking the stairs instead of the elevator?

There are many factors in determining the amount of energy used by any one person in any one elevator ride. Factors like the number of people in the elevator, the elevator’s capacity, whether it is going up or down, and the age/type of elevator. One estimate says the amount of energy it takes for one … Continue reading Q&A: How much energy do I save by taking the stairs instead of the elevator?

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Q&A: Our office does an annual spring cleaning. How can we make it green?

  Early spring is a great time to do an annual cleaning of your building or office space. Here are some tips to ensure your efforts are good for you and the environment. Declutter your file cabinets of old paperwork, making sure to have your recycling bin handy. Reuse folders and binders instead of tossing … Continue reading Q&A: Our office does an annual spring cleaning. How can we make it green?

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Q & A: What is Demand Response?

With the current high temperatures, buildings are demanding a lot from the grid to keep building occupants cool. By reducing energy loads during peak times, buildings can help reduce strain on the energy infrastructure – and get paid for it – with a program called demand response. Demand response programs exist to trim electricity demand … Continue reading Q & A: What is Demand Response?

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Bringing Nature Into the Office in a More Sustainable Way

Flowers and plants are often used at businesses for events & conferences and in building entrances and reception areas. But how can we bring nature into the office in a more sustainable way?  Great Forest recently met with Irene Woodard of True Blooms to find out more. GF: Why are flower arrangements important for businesses … Continue reading Bringing Nature Into the Office in a More Sustainable Way

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