Tag Archives: NYC

The HANYC Sustainability Awards Is Growing And Changing – Details To Come

The HANYC Sustainability Awards will return soon in an updated format, with a new venue and date. This will include a more robust plan for helping hotels industry-wide to achieve their sustainability goals, and get recognized for it.  Stay tuned for details to come.  (NOTE:  Hotels that have submitted their applications have already been placed in … Continue reading The HANYC Sustainability Awards Is Growing And Changing – Details To Come

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REBNY President Pinpoints Benefits Of Recycling Law Now Being Enforced In NYC

REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) President John Banks recently reached out to the industry about New York City’s updated commercial waste and recycling laws, which began enforcement on August 1, 2017. As the city with the biggest concentration of commercial buildings in the country, boasting some of the most expensive office spaces in … Continue reading REBNY President Pinpoints Benefits Of Recycling Law Now Being Enforced In NYC

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NYC Businesses: New Rules Being Enforced

Attention all NYC businesses. The warning period is over. Commercial waste and recycling law enforcement is underway. Are you ready? What should you do to be in compliance and avoid fines? Read our  Q&A On New Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Waste and Recycling: The updated commercial/business waste and recycling law began enforcement August 1, … Continue reading NYC Businesses: New Rules Being Enforced

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Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

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 at which enforcement starts. Give yourself enough time to get ready to be in compliance. Here’s your … Continue reading Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

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Regulation Alert: Fines Being Issued To NYC Businesses

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 penalties issued as they are more likely to have food operations covered under the city’s … Continue reading Regulation Alert: Fines Being Issued To NYC Businesses

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Compliance Guide For NYC Hotels

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 provisions. Law does NOT cover retailers if their end product destination is the consumer. For … Continue reading Compliance Guide For NYC Hotels

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Regulation Updates: NYC’s Energy Efficiency Laws Expand To Cover More Buildings. Is Yours Affected?

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?

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Regulation Updates (NYC):
Q&A On New Organics, Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do?

NYC businesses should take note of new/updated rules covering organics, and waste and recycling: New organics rules went into effect July 19, 2016.  See the official notice for details. Rules enforced Jan 2017. New waste and recycling rules went into effect Aug 1, 2016. See the official notice for details. Rules enforced Aug 1, 2017. What should … Continue reading Regulation Updates (NYC):
Q&A On New Organics, Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do?

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Regulation Updates: May/June 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.  This month, the City Council voted to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each … Continue reading Regulation Updates: May/June 2016

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Alert:
NYC’s Proposed New Commercial Recycling Regulations – What To Expect

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 program Little impact to their building operations/businesses Great Forest has submitted feedback to the city … Continue reading Alert:
NYC’s Proposed New Commercial Recycling Regulations – What To Expect

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Judge Strikes Down NYC Foam Ban

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 six-month grace period. Businesses had been preparing for the change by replacing foam products with … Continue reading Judge Strikes Down NYC Foam Ban

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Regulation Update: Announcement on NYC’s Commercial Food Waste Law

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 at least 15,000 people Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square … Continue reading Regulation Update: Announcement on NYC’s Commercial Food Waste Law

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Preparing for May 1 Deadline – Auto Uploads and Other NYC Benchmarking Updates

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

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NYC: Zero-Cost Clean Heat Conversions – Is Your Building In the Zone?

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?

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NYC Gas Conversions Proceed Despite Hurricane Sandy Disruptions

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

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