Sustainability101 Blog

5 Apr 2017

Great Forest founder Richard Fuller’s nonprofit Pure Earth has partnered with supermodel Molly Bair and over 20 leading jewelry designers to curate a special collection of jewelry crafted using recycled, Fairtrade, or mercury-free gold for auction.   “Consumers have probably…  Continue Reading...

5 Apr 2017

This  year, Earth Hour fell on a weekend! Nevertheless, we heard from clients around the country who went dark for at least an hour.  The action is a great reminder, as we approach Earth Day, that we all need to renew…  Continue Reading...

3 Apr 2017

Accurate metrics is key to a successful waste and recycling program.  It helps you evaluate the effectiveness of your efforts, and determine if changes are needed. The numbers also inform your overall sustainability reporting and affect your goals. But what…  Continue Reading...

3 Apr 2017

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…  Continue Reading...

7 Mar 2017

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…  Continue Reading...

7 Mar 2017

In NYC, inspectors are currently out in force issuing fines for non-compliance of the city’s new organics law, and gearing up to enforce updated waste and recycling rules in a few months. NYC hotels seem to be bearing the brunt of…  Continue Reading...

27 Feb 2017

ORGANICS  New rules began enforcement Jan. 2017. Fines are being issued now. The new business organics rule applies to hotels and businesses with food and beverage operations. Law includes hotels over 150 rooms with any size back-of-house food preparation and delivered…  Continue Reading...

31 Jan 2017

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…  Continue Reading...

19 Jan 2017

Attention all NYC businesses. New waste and recycling regulations went into effect last year. We are now in the warning period. The warning period for the new organics rule just ended.  Enforcement begins Jan. 2017. Are you ready? Learn more:  Q&A On…  Continue Reading...

21 Dec 2016

CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT YEAR 2016 has been such an eventful year. What did we all accomplish together? Below is a short list of highlights. Happy holidays from the entire Great Forest team. The EPA incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW)…  Continue Reading...

19 Dec 2016

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into their updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. These conversions can now be used across all industries to help standardize how waste and…  Continue Reading...

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