The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps is a terrific program that places trained fellows on staff at businesses over the summer to help jump start clean energy projects. Great Forest worked with EDF fellows on two projects last year with great success. The Climate Corps fellows took the burden of communicating with the utilities off … Continue reading Deadline Feb. 2: Apply Now To Jump Start Clean Energy Projects With Help From Climate Corps Fellows
Did you take part in Daylight Hour 2017? This year, Great Forest joined clients and more than 820 offices around the world, turning off the lights in about 100 million square feet of office space, saving enough energy to power 9,400 homes for a day! And we were rewarded for it too! Not just for our … Continue reading Awards:
Great Forest Wins Daylight Hour Award For Best Monitoring And Analysis
We are thrilled to receive the Daylight Hour 2017 “Gear Head” award for best monitoring and analysis, as documented in our case study (see below) which is also featured at the Building Energy Exchange. Thanks to the creative folks behind the annual Daylight Hour movement for continuing to push for energy savings in such a fun way. … Continue reading Case Study:
Daylight Hour Adds Up For Easy Energy Savings Boost At Great Forest
Oct 2016–NYC’s expanded energy efficiency laws will now cover more buildings than before. An additional 10,000 properties to be more precise, covering nearly 350 million square feet. Chances are that your NYC building, portfolio of buildings, or your tenants WILL BE AFFECTED by these newest changes so take note. For this next round, newly compliant properties under LL84 will not be … Continue reading Regulation Updates: NYC’s Energy Efficiency Laws Expand To Cover More Buildings. Is Yours Affected?
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, and we are thrilled that Great Forest was named “Hype Master” this year, winning the … Continue reading Great Forest Wins Daylight Hour Award, Announces Daylight Fridays
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 can save if you commit to one hour of daylight all year long. See what … Continue reading Join Us Today – #DaylightHour Starts At Noon
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 if not corrected. Read more. NYCECC and ECB enforcements: New rules covers energy compliance during … Continue reading NYC Alert (April 2016):
New Fines, the Retrofit Accelerator, Energy Map and more
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 include identification of all the data points currently collected and the people responsible on both the … Continue reading Alert: Nationwide EPA Waste Benchmarking Coming Soon
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 COP21 agreement. This may point to greater efforts by local governments to cut emissions in the … Continue reading Post COP21: A Look Ahead in 2016
Attention property managers. Are you due to file your LL87 (2009) energy audit this year? Are you planning to get an ENERGY STAR certification for your building? If you answered yes to either question, you must begin the process by spring at the latest. Starting this year, you will need to file more extensive documentation … Continue reading Alert: Stricter Enforcement Means Lengthier LL87/ENERGY STAR Process
This fall, the eight 80-foot high steel digester eggs at Newtown Creek’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn will be processing even more of New York City’s food waste to be transformed into “pipeline quality” natural gas (mostly methane) by National Grid. The ambitious expansion will see the amount of food waste processed each day increase from 1.5 tons to … Continue reading 80-Foot High Digester Eggs To Turn Even More Food Waste Into Energy
Summer 2014 Many of our commercial clients have deployed energy projects in the last year that are now meeting or exceeding savings and incentives projections. Read on as DNAInfo New York describes how some of our clients have transferred important best energy practices from the workplace, into homes and condos. Some examples mentioned: A co-op in Manhattan received $197,000 in … Continue reading 5 Ways to Green Your Building and Get Money to Do It
June, 2014 Talk about harnessing the power of the sun! According to a 2013 study, Let There Be Daylight, owners and tenants could save $70 million every year by introducing daylight responsive lighting systems. This is how they explained it: Most offices have their lights on even when they are not needed. This is a … Continue reading Daylight Hour: Bask in the Sun at Work, Save $70 million a Year
BBC Talks To Great Forest About Starting A “Green Revolution”; Switch Off Vending Machine Lights, Save $1 Million
BBC’s Leader Board spoke with Great Forest recently about how managers and other decision-makers can start a “green revolution” in the workplace. If you’re wondering now how to begin, that’s where someone like Anna Dengler of New York City-based Great Forest comes in. Her company consults with companies on how to become more sustainable. The … Continue reading BBC Talks To Great Forest About Starting A “Green Revolution”; Switch Off Vending Machine Lights, Save $1 Million
Properties in NYC preparing to comply with Local Law 84 (benchmarking) by May 1 may be interested in the new benchmarking compliance checklist and guide from the Urban Green Council. It explains some of the auto upload features within the new Portfolio Manager. In particular, clients using internal resources for their LL84 compliance will want … Continue reading Alert: NYC Benchmarking Reports Due May 1 – Updated Checklist and Guide
Con Edison is offering new payment projections for their summer 2014 Demand Response program in New York. Properties must enroll by May 1 for June 1 participation. For properties already enrolled in 2013, these projections would increase incentives by up to 4x for the same kW commitments as last year. These figures will be confirmed in … Continue reading Demand Response Incentive Changes – Get Paid Up to 4x More to Use Less Energy
Earlier this month, Great Forest was invited to a meeting with New York City officials to go over changes ahead of this year’s benchmarking submission deadline of May 1. Great Forest was responsible for submitting data for over 60 buildings in NYC last year, making it one of the top benchmarking consultants in the city. Representatives from the Department … Continue reading Preparing for May 1 Deadline – Auto Uploads and Other NYC Benchmarking Updates
The extreme cold hitting much of the country has affected gas pipelines and electric production far into Canada. Some analysts have likened the polar vortex’s effect on the short term gas markets to what happened following Hurricane Katrina. Energy customers should be assured that the futures markets into 2015-16 are holding relatively steady against the late 2013 … Continue reading Polar Vortex Hits The Wallet
ENERGY: Five Steps in Five Years Energy efficiency is one of the biggest keys to sustainability. If you want to green your company and save money, you cannot avoid dealing with energy. One of our clients, a major institution, has spent the past five years on various efforts to trim their energy use and costs. … Continue reading Looking Back: Two Examples of Success
Have you thought of switching to solar power? Great Forest recently obtained a quote for our headquarters (a five-storey brownstone) in New York City that shows a payback in less than five years with solar providing 81% of our building’s electricity needs. We are moving ahead with plans to adopt solar and we recommend that … Continue reading Solar Power for Everyone?
With the federal government shutdown over, access to the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool is now restored. The deadline to apply for 2013 ENERGY STAR certification has been extended. Commercial buildings now have until Wednesday, December 4 to apply. Read the ENERGY STAR notice here. Access to Great Forest’s Sustainability Metrics platform and Utility … Continue reading Two-Week Extension To Apply For ENERGY STAR Certification
Great Forest has recently built another custom metrics site for a hospitality client with multiple locations in the greater New York area. Our proprietary Utility Tracking System (UTS) tracks energy use and price in one convenient platform. With consumption and cost figures together, UTS enables you to budget future fiscal year energy costs with greater … Continue reading Custom Metrics Can Track And Consolidate Over 300 Utility Accounts
If buildings affected by hurricane Sandy and other disasters had solar thermal hot water systems, they might have stood a better chance of not losing all of their domestic hot water service. This was particularly the case with electric and oil-fired systems, where deliveries were severely interrupted. With a range of incentives encouraging the switch … Continue reading Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems: A Cushion Against Disasters like Hurricane Sandy?
Notification to current Benchmarking clients: UPDATE Oct 17, 2013: The federal government shutdown is over. Access to the EPA’s Energy StarPortfolio Manager or archived data should soon be restored. ## The EPA will not provide access to Energy StarPortfolio Manager or archived data during the federal government shutdown. Message on site: “The federal government is currently … Continue reading UPDATE: Government Shutdown Over – Access to Portfolio Manager to be Restored
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?
Chicago introduces “pubic shaming” energy benchmarking laws Starting next year, owners of buildings in Chicago larger than 50,000 square feet will be required to disclose energy use through EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Opponents have called this a kind of “public shaming” but evidence seems to show that benchmarking is working. According to the EPA, energy … Continue reading Nationwide Energy News
In a ranking of 34 of the country’s largest cities, Boston has emerged on top for its efforts to reduce energy use, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. How did your city score? Check this interactive scorecard to see how your city is saving energy. Other cities moving ahead with energy-saving … Continue reading Boston Tops in Energy Efficiency. How Did Your City Score?
Stay cool this summer and save on energy costs without making your air conditioner work overtime. Reduce heat sources – Switching from incandescent to fluorescent lighting does more than help your bottom line by saving energy. It also reduces excess heat produced by inefficient incandescents, keeping your office cooler. Look for other electronics and appliances … Continue reading Keep Cool At Work This Summer
Ten years ago this month, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern U.S., affecting some 55 million people. The cause? An outdated and inefficient grid, unmaintained sections of grid (specifically in Ohio), and peak energy use on a sweltering summer day. In an interview with NPR, energy industry reporter Bill Sweet says there was a “chronic … Continue reading Anniversary of a Blackout: Incremental Improvements
If you have properties in Boston, note that it is the latest city to require buildings to disclose their energy use. Boston now follows seven other cities (NYC, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Seattle) and two states (California and Washington) that have energy benchmarking laws. Buildings owned by the city are required to … Continue reading Boston: Latest City in Energy Benchmarking Drive
Your building might be eligible for zero-cost Con Edison connections to natural gas conversions if it falls within one of the 12 zones in NYC that Con Edison has identified for expansion of its existing natural gas infrastructure in 2014. According to Con Edison, 95% of participants in 2013 were offered a zero-cost option. Check now … Continue reading NYC: Zero-Cost Clean Heat Conversions – Is Your Building In the Zone?
Great Forest has emerged as one of the top consulting firms submitting data from more than 50 client buildings as required by Local Law 84 (LL 84). A preliminary report assessing the accuracy of LL84 data submitted to NYC found that information provided by Great Forest on behalf of clients was much more likely than … Continue reading Great Forest Clients Outperform in Efficiency, Data Accuracy
1. Flip The Switch – Lighting consumes about 18 percent of U.S.-generated electricity; another 4 to 5 percent of our electricity bill goes toward counteracting the heat these lights generate. If you find that you and your co-workers have trouble remembering to shut off the lights at the end of the day, motion-detecting lights may be … Continue reading 5 Ways To Conserve Energy At Work
Many forward-thinking states are now taking a comprehensive look at their energy plans, and issuing directives to increase efficiency. Earlier this month, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20% in seven years. New York is also participating in a program called … Continue reading Did You Know? States Work To Increase Energy Efficiency
Washington D.C. has begun the new year with several moves on the green front. The Sustainable D.C. Act of 2012 was signed into law. Great Forest was part of the working group on waste and recycling that submitted recommendations to the Mayor. Backed with $4.5 million to implement sustainability projects across the District, the plan … Continue reading D.C. Finalizes Benchmarking Regulations; Signs Sustainability Act
Great Forest has learned that despite recovery from historic service disruptions, efforts to switch customers to cleaner heat continue with three fast-approaching deadlines to file initial applications with Con Edison under NYC’s Clean Heat program. The NYC Clean Heat Program is a free outreach effort from the Mayor’s Office to help your building comply with … Continue reading NYC Gas Conversions Proceed Despite Hurricane Sandy Disruptions
Following on the heels of NYC’s Local Law 84 (2009), D.C.’s benchmarking rules will soon need to be acted upon. Buildings over 150,000 sq feet may need to report as early as January 2013. The basic structure of benchmarking follows the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager guidelines. For D.C., as in New York, we expect … Continue reading D.C: Benchmarking Compliance Update
While there is still no official confirmation of benchmarking reporting deadlines for D.C., we want to remind property owners and managers in the nation’s capital to begin planning now. As we mentioned in ourlast update, deadlines could fall as early as Jan. 2013 for buildings larger than 150,000 sq. feet. Fines for missing reporting deadlines … Continue reading D.C. Benchmarking Update
While benchmarking may not yet be mandatory across the country, its benefits are clear. Over the past few months, we completed benchmarking energy use in over nine million square feet of commercial space in New York to meet the August 1 deadline for compliance with the state’s Local Law 84. So what’s next for benchmarked … Continue reading Over Nine Million Sq. Feet Benchmarked. Now What?
Each year, the New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC) honors organizations and/or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional qualities of vision, innovation, and leadership in strengthening the energy reliability and economic competitiveness of New York by presenting them with Energy New York Awards (ENYA). This year Great Forest was proud to have two clients nominated for … Continue reading Great Forest Clients Nominated for Energy New York Awards
The Federal Energy Information Administration recently issued its 25-year projections: Annual Energy Outlook 2011 With Projections to 2035. The 246-page document and a summary are available at the link above. Great Forest went through the report and noted a few interesting points: Despite a projected growth in commercial floor space, commercial energy consumption in buildings, … Continue reading 25-Year Energy Outlook
The extra energy Americans use to power their holiday lights between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the equivalent of every U.S. household using their electric oven at 350 degrees for two-and-a-half days. LED lights save 75% of the energy of incandescent lights and last up to 10 times longer. Affordable LED holiday lights are now common … Continue reading Did You Know…? LED holiday lights
(Photo from Canberra, Australia, Earth Hour 2009) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2010 by encouraging its members and local associations to support the initiative. (See sidebar “Did You Know” for more about Earth Hour.) “The commercial real estate industry is committed to finding … Continue reading Great Forest Clients To Participate in Earth Hour March 27th
Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s director of sustainability, and consultant Nathaniel Kimball at Great Forest’s booth at BOMA’s Energy Action Day on March 9. Read an excerpt of Great Forest COO Drew Master’s talk on sustainability if you missed the panel discussion.
Great Forest has become an ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider (SPP) partner. As an SPP partner serving the existing commercial buildings market, we are featured on theMost Active SPPs List in recognition of our success helping clients benchmark buildings in Portfolio Manager and spearheading their efforts to earn the ENERGY STAR.
The New York City Department of Buildings recently invited Great Forest to conduct an educational overview of the importance of measuring and managing sustainability data for their executives. “With the new series of legislation requiring commercial buildings larger than 50,000 sq feet to track their energy data use, the DoB wanted to be prepared for … Continue reading Great Forest Gives Presentation to NYC Department of Buildings
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
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
City officials estimate that building owners would save approximately $750 million a year in energy costs with new legislation proposed under the Mayor’s “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan for New York City.” The plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and make buildings more energy efficient, targets some 22,000 buildings in NYC larger 50,000 sq ft. These older … Continue reading NYC’s Proposed New Energy Efficiency Laws