Sustainability101 Blog

28 Apr 2016

At this year’s Earth Day events, we put the focus on Zero Waste, encouraging everyone to reimagine waste, to: think of waste as simply a resource that is out of place. think of a waste stream as a value stream. Why? Because…  Continue Reading...

25 Apr 2016

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These…  Continue Reading...

18 Mar 2016

As our clients head into the home stretch for NYC Benchmarking under LL84 (note: 2015 data must be filed May 1), we encourage all US clients to take inventory of their waste data to prepare for 2017 filings. This inventory should…  Continue Reading...

18 Mar 2016

Here at Great Forest, we are busy preparing an online portal of resources to help you make a difference this Earth Day and Beyond. If you are a Great Forest client, look out for an email soon that will give…  Continue Reading...

26 Feb 2016

Now getting rid of waste is as simple as ordering an uber. Great Forest’s new “Pick It Up” app allows you to schedule a pick up of almost any type of waste and recycling with just a few clicks, anywhere, nationwide. Download…  Continue Reading...

26 Feb 2016

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…  Continue Reading...

29 Jan 2016

Some of you may have already accessed our upgraded Great Forest Sustainability Metrics platform that was redesigned with feedback from you. The new metrics system is more powerful than ever. You now have more control, including the ability to input data…  Continue Reading...

29 Jan 2016

With the close of the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, many in the sustainability industry are thinking about the flip side of that showcase of the latest tech gadgets — e-waste. As reported, “a…  Continue Reading...

29 Jan 2016

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…  Continue Reading...

28 Jan 2016

“We believe more zero waste professionals are needed in NYC.  That is why we are sponsoring this course. We are looking for more partners to join us in leading the zero waste movement.” — Ross Guberman, CEO, Great Forest. Great Forest…  Continue Reading...

25 Jan 2016

Great Forest’s Director of Sustainability, Anna Dengler, was recently interviewed for an article about e-waste published in Curbed.  As noted in the piece, the problem of e-waste is growing: According to the United Nations Global E-Waste Monitor, roughly 46 million tons of…  Continue Reading...

23 Dec 2015

What do you do after your home and yard has just been decontaminated? Well, you lie down on the freshly cleaned ground! These boys in the Chowa neighborhood of Kabwe, Zambia, are displaying their playful appreciation. When this photo was…  Continue Reading...

23 Dec 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

23 Dec 2015

Last week, Great Forest founder Richard Fuller spoke with John Hockenberry on NPR’s The Takeaway about the climate change debate and its impact on the fight against toxic pollution–the largest cause of death among the poorest people on the planet. This…  Continue Reading...

22 Dec 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, here is a snapshot of our collected environmental impact. We would like to congratulate and thank all of our wonderful clients and partners for a great, green year. To view your own environmental impact, log into our new…  Continue Reading...

30 Nov 2015

After a successful pilot, Great Forest is launching an innovative program in the Mid-Atlantic region to take waste management to the next level. How? By transforming dumpsters into smart, high-tech, responsive tools using wireless remote sensors. Over 250 enevo sensors…  Continue Reading...

17 Nov 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

17 Nov 2015

Congratulations! Seven New York City hotels were honored for their environmentally friendly lodging practices and socially responsible initiatives as recipients of the second annual Sustainable Hospitality Awards, presented on Nov. 9 by the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC).…  Continue Reading...

16 Nov 2015

Great Forest is featured in this Global Green video about innovative efforts to reduce food waste. Global Green works to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.  Click the image below to watch the video.  Continue Reading...

15 Nov 2015

Did you know that having a great meal in Mexico might also mean being exposed to toxic lead?  This is because much of the beautiful, traditional pottery used in homes and restaurants across Mexico contain lead glazes. At this year’s…  Continue Reading...

11 Nov 2015

New York City has proposed new commercial recycling regulations to go into effect July 1, 2016. While there will likely be some changes as the proposed rule is written, commercial buildings can expect: Few major changes to their established recycling…  Continue Reading...

29 Oct 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

27 Oct 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

26 Oct 2015

Calling all NYC hotels.  Now it is your turn to join the carbon challenge. Started in 2007, the NYC Carbon Challenge is a voluntary leadership program for 17 of New York City’s leading universities, the 11 largest hospital organizations, 11…  Continue Reading...

25 Oct 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

24 Oct 2015

Getting arrested in Azerbaijan, receiving a late night urgent email from Mexico, and digging up backyards in a toxic “craft” village in Vietnam. Read about these adventures in toxic pollution cleanup in three very different parts of the world. Great Forest…  Continue Reading...

14 Oct 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

28 Sep 2015

…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…  Continue Reading...

28 Sep 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

28 Sep 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

28 Sep 2015

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?…  Continue Reading...

28 Sep 2015

A team from our sister nonprofit Pure Earth recently spent ten days traveling deep into remote areas of Peru to reach current gold mining communities in the Andes mountains and in the rainforest. What they saw amazed them — from…  Continue Reading...

23 Sep 2015

Sept. 22, 2015 – Judge strikes down NYC’s foam ban.   The city is exploring its options for reinstituting the ban, including an appeal. We will keep you updated. NYC’s foam ban went into effect on July 1, 2015 with a…  Continue Reading...

9 Sep 2015

Review the proposed rule on organic waste and voice your opinion. DSNY is holding a public hearing on Oct 5. Register your feedback in person at the hearing, or write in via one of the ways below: Website: http://rules.cityofnewyork.us Email:…  Continue Reading...

26 Aug 2015

“Richard Fuller has been the driving force behind two huge environmental agendas: corporate sustainability and pollution in the developing world. He’s the Elon Musk of the environment.” — Hon Nereus Acosta, Advisor for the Environment, Office of the President, Government…  Continue Reading...

26 Aug 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

26 Aug 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

26 Aug 2015

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,…  Continue Reading...

26 Aug 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

15 Jul 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

10 Jul 2015

The Pope’s encyclical on the environment released last month generated a worldwide maelstrom of discussion. Some have suggested that it marks a turning point in the debate on climate change. But beyond that, the document also talks about the modern…  Continue Reading...

8 Jul 2015

This summer, when families return to stake out their spot in the sun along the coast of the Caspian sea in Sumgait Azerbaijan, there will be one crucial difference. The beach will no longer be toxic, and they will no longer…  Continue Reading...

1 Jul 2015

Update July 2 – Announcement released today.  Key points:  Mandatory recycling of organic material proposed for 350 businesses including: All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of…  Continue Reading...

1 Jul 2015

Update: Sept. 22, 2015 – Judge strikes down NYC’s foam ban.  The city is exploring its options for reinstituting the ban, including an appeal. We will keep you updated. New York: NYC’s foam ban takes effect on July 1, 2015.  Businesses will…  Continue Reading...

30 Jun 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

28 Jun 2015

What are the latest sustainability trends and challenges facing buildings and businesses? A recent panel on the topic organized by the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District (BID) drew about 60 people from across the  industry, including…  Continue Reading...

26 Jun 2015

The EPA’s latest municipal solid waste (MSW) report now spots a new name – Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013 – that emphasizes the importance of sustainable materials management. As reported in Waste 360, according to the study: The rate…  Continue Reading...

28 May 2015

The search is on again. We encourage all eligible hotels to check for details and apply for the 2015 HANYC Sustainability Awards from the Hotel Association of New York City. Last year’s search identified three winners with a range of innovative programs. How green are NYC hotels?  Here are 10…  Continue Reading...

27 May 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

27 May 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

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