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Great Forest Works With Enevo To Deliver Value To Over 300 Client Locations

Read the press release See the case study for details After a successful pilot, Great Forest launched an innovative program in the Mid-Atlantic region to take waste management to the next level. Now we are proud to reveal the results. Working with Enevo, Great Forest has been able  to deliver waste and recycling solutions, including sensors and analytics … Continue reading Great Forest Works With Enevo To Deliver Value To Over 300 Client Locations

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A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

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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Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

Even the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization responsible for the LEED green building program, must keep an eye on their own LEED performance.  As waste consultants for the USGBC, Great Forest helps the organization monitor their sustainability efforts through quarterly waste audits. Waste is one of five categories used to determine a building’s … Continue reading Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

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Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

Perhaps you are cleaning out a company storage space, or a commercial tenant has moved out, or you are undergoing a renovation. Many businesses deal with bulk waste by getting a 20-30 yard open-top dumpster. The problem is that the contents of that dumpster may end up in a landfill. Not only is this wasteful, but … Continue reading Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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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Case study: Manufacturer Profits From Increased Waste Diversion

The manufacturing industry is one that can greatly profit from increased waste diversion and improved sustainability, partly because of the sheer volume of material they generate. There are many opportunities to reduce waste and lower costs in ways that are simple but effective. Here is one case study that shows how it can be done in a busy … Continue reading Case study: Manufacturer Profits From Increased Waste Diversion

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Behind The Scenes: Action Carting

Great Forest recently toured Action Environmental Group’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Bronx to get a first-hand look at what happens to some of the commercial waste and recycling generated by New York City’s businesses. The facility processes 40 tons of material an hour, much of it paper, which makes up the bulk of an average commercial office building’s … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Action Carting

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Innovative Nonprofit Turns Waste Stream Into Revenue Stream

Nonprofits  across the country are getting advice from St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Oregon, on how to mine waste streams for revenue streams. St. Vincent de Paul reportedly has trailers at transfer sites from Portland to San Jose to intercept and collect furniture, clothes, mattresses and other items headed to the landfill. The money it … Continue reading Innovative Nonprofit Turns Waste Stream Into Revenue Stream

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Exploring Solutions For Dealing With Food Waste: Blue Bag Organics

To get ready for NYC’s push for mandatory recycling of organic materials, Great Forest has been exploring options that could work for NYC businesses that have little or no space to store organic waste, and where separate organics pick-ups are not feasible. One of the solutions we are testing uses Blue/Green bags from a company … Continue reading Exploring Solutions For Dealing With Food Waste: Blue Bag Organics

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Hello? Its Your Dumpster Calling.

Very soon, your waste dumpster may be sending you daily messages and communicating with you more regularly than some people you know. It will tell you when it is empty, full, or if someone has just dumped an illegal load in the middle of the night. The technology to make your waste containers smart fits in … Continue reading Hello? Its Your Dumpster Calling.

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“Recycling” A Gym Through Skillful Matchmaking

What do you do with a gym-full of fitness equipment that is no longer needed? Vornado/Charles E. Smith recently found the perfect solution when they renovated the fitness center at Commerce Metro Center in Reston, VA.  They donated their old equipment to The Loading Dock, a nonprofit building materials reuse center in Baltimore that works to increase the supply and use of … Continue reading “Recycling” A Gym Through Skillful Matchmaking

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Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

This post is from Great Forest consultant Christine McCoy in the D.C. region.                         Great Forest participated in a recent Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) school supplies drive by coordinating a donation from our friends at SCRAP DC, a local reuse organization. SCRAP DC … Continue reading Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

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Spring Cleaning An Office Building With Community Forklift

It is hard enough to spring clean your basement at home.  Imagine trying to clear the basement of your office building! That is exactly what Great Forest helps clients do each spring. Recently, we were at First Potomac’s TenThreeTwenty property in Columbia, MD, sorting through items left in the basement and in tenant storage lockers. We found a … Continue reading Spring Cleaning An Office Building With Community Forklift

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JBG Companies Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling

Congratulations to JBG Companies on being recognized by Montgomery County for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling at 7200 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Both tenants and management at the building are being commended for “implementing or improving their recycling, waste reduction or buying recycled programs and educational efforts.” Strong Management “This is an example of what a great … Continue reading JBG Companies Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling

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Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

It is all about making the connection. Usable items often go to the landfill because the connection is not made between those looking to dispose of items, and those in need. When the line of amenities usually provided to guests at the Surrey hotel was discontinued, the hotel was left with 25 boxes of products that were in perfectly usable condition. … Continue reading Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

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Behind The Scenes: Metropolitan Recycling MRF

Great Forest recently visited Metropolitan Recycling, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brooklyn to see this hauler’s recycling process in action. Over 15,000 tons of material are processed each month at Metropolitan‘s three facilities. We watched collected recyclables being fed onto a conveyor belt, where workers sorted and removed contaminants, preparing the materials to be … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Metropolitan Recycling MRF

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Making the Connection: Furniture for the Duckworth School

It is all about making the connection. Each year, countless items of furniture (and other items) head to the landfill because the connection is not being made between those looking to unload perfectly usable furniture, and those looking for furniture. Last fall, while attending an Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) community service committee meeting, Great … Continue reading Making the Connection: Furniture for the Duckworth School

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Sustainable Solutions for Unwanted Assets

What do you do with hundreds of pieces of unwanted furniture? This was the challenge that Avalon Bay Communities Inc. faced recently when they decided to update the poolside furniture for their residential communities in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. They could have contracted a vendor to remove and landfill the furniture, but they were … Continue reading Sustainable Solutions for Unwanted Assets

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Behind The Scenes: New Bronx Facility With Optical Sorter May Change the Way NYC Recycles (Video)

A new state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center in the Bronx, New York, utilizes optic technology to automate the recycling process and extract more recyclable materials from the waste stream. Action Environmental Group’s facility allows clients to use one bin for recyclables. The optical sorter works using infrared technology combined with a high speed camera to identify … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: New Bronx Facility With Optical Sorter May Change the Way NYC Recycles (Video)

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Behind The Scenes: ShredX
What To Look Out For When Dealing With Sensitive Documents

On a recent field trip, Great Forest visited ShredX to find out what really happens to sensitive documents sent off-site for disposal. At its New Jersey location, ShredX operates one of the largest shredding machines in the region, capable of processing 800 tons of material a month. When Great Forest visited the operation, we were … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: ShredX
What To Look Out For When Dealing With Sensitive Documents

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Behind The Scenes: Next Level Recycling – E-Waste

How Do You Know That Your E-Waste Is Being Properly Recycled? What happens to unwanted office computers and other electronics? While there are no federal regulations for electronic waste, there are many cities across the U.S. that have passed laws making it illegal to discard e-waste with regular trash. So how do you make sure … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Next Level Recycling – E-Waste

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Behind The Scenes: Locally Processed Waste Reveals Value of Corporate Recycling Programs (Five Star Carting)

  You’ve heard of locally grown food.  But how about locally processed waste? In early June, Great Forest accompanied clients on a tour of Five Star Carting’s recycling facility in New York and the Marcal paper factory in New Jersey. The visit offered a behind-the-scenes look at a “closed loop” recycling system, where NYC office … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Locally Processed Waste Reveals Value of Corporate Recycling Programs (Five Star Carting)

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New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

Great Forest client Vornado Realty Trust, NYC’s biggest commercial landlord, has come up with a way to help tenants cut energy costs.   Vornado is attaching a series of small sensors to meters in 16 buildings that provide data on energy use. Vornado says in the NYT article that this “enables tenants to track how much energy their … Continue reading New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

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New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

Great Forest client Vornado Realty Trust, NYC’s biggest commercial landlord, has come up with a way to help tenants cut energy costs. Vornado is attaching a series of small sensors to meters in 16 buildings that provide data on energy use. Vornado says in the NYT article that this “enables tenants to track how much energy their employees … Continue reading New York Times Reports on Great Forest Client’s Energy Tracking System

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