Sustainability101 Blog

25 Jul 2016

Congratulations to First Potomac Realty Trust for their double wins at the recent 2016 TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards! Not only was First Potomac named the grand winner, taking the big prize of the night for their…  Continue Reading...

27 Jun 2016

Great Forest was one of over 650 offices worldwide that participated in the 2016 Daylight Hour movement on June 17. The fun event, designed to encourage the use of daylight instead of electricity when possible, reached over 10 million people on social media,…  Continue Reading...

17 Jun 2016

At noon today, flip the switch to join the movement. We challenge everyone to work by daylight for just one hour. Then use this calculator to see how much energy and money you saved today.  You can also estimate what you…  Continue Reading...

24 May 2016

It is that time of the year again. Over the past few weeks, Great Forest has helped clients do a bit of spring cleaning.  But instead of treating the unwanted items as trash, we found them all new homes–in a school, an…  Continue Reading...

24 May 2016

As noted in this blog a few months ago, with e-waste rules firmly on the books across the country, the trend now seems to be towards greater enforcement, with bigger, multi-million dollar fines being levied. Why? Perhaps because a new investigative report…  Continue Reading...

24 May 2016

Great Forest has installed new composting programs in a number of buildings in Washington D.C. that is making a difference in more ways than one. Launched earlier this year, the program at the U.S. Department of Transportation is already diverting approximately 5…  Continue Reading...

24 May 2016

San Francisco is proposing the most extensive ban on Styrofoam in the country, building on its decade-old ban on most foam food containers. While some applaud the move, others are pushing for recycling the foam. Read more. NYC Approves Bag Fee.…  Continue Reading...

24 May 2016

UPDATE: Please note that the upcoming Hospitality Roundtable on July 27 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will work with those who have already bought tickets for a refund.  If you have any questions,…  Continue Reading...

28 Apr 2016

A roundup of alerts for NYC: LL 84/2009 benchmarking enforcements: Note: beginning with the May 1, 2016 compliance deadline, submitted reports with one or more missing or inaccurate data fields will be considered non-compliant, and will result in a violation…  Continue Reading...

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

Originally published 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…  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

Sept. 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…  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...

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