• Gregory L. Stelts, Program manager, Sustainability and Innovation, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

    Partnering To Bring Sustainability To 21MM sqft of Property:

    As a TRUE Zero Waste certified company and a diverse employer, Great Forest scores high with Cushman and Wakefield and Citi for these very important initiatives. Great Forest has been diligent with suggesting sustainability opportunities with waste audits and right-sizing of equipment to increase diversion rates and reduce overall waste consumption. Working with the team and the local facilities, we have been able to obtain 100% diversion in some instances. Overall cost reductions were over 6% the first year, and over 4% the second year, mostly attributed to negotiations with haulers and right-sizing the services to align with the needs of each facility.

    Over the past 2 years, the partnership with Great Forest has been excellent, with all levels of their management and staff. As an aggregator of services across the country, the relationships that the company has with the various local haulers must remain solid and positive in order to maintain the contractual level of service required of Great Forest by C&W. When there might be an issue with services at the local level, the Great Forest staff is quick to respond and rectify any inconsistencies that arise. Communication between Great Forest and C&W is exceptional.

    The partnership with Great Forest is expected to have a positive future with C&W and the Citi account and would highly recommend the opportunity to partner with them in the future.

    * The scope encompasses 21MM sqft of property defined as office buildings, campus environments, data centers, and retail bank branches.

  • Estelle Silberman, Event Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

    Managing Waste/Recycling Logistics For Large Festival:

    Great Forest has been instrumental in helping us minimize trash and maximize recycling and composting at our large-scale festivals.  Through comprehensive planning, educational sorting stations and well-designed signage, Great Forest has moved us toward our goal of successfully separating waste at our events while educating event-goers on the importance and processes of sustainable waste management. Great Forest has had a big impact on our long-term sustainability initiatives as well by supporting our waste-management efforts and inspiring our staff to accomplish our goals of low-waste impact throughout the year.

  • Kathleen Murphy, Property Manager, 650 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

    An Ongoing Sustainability Partnership:

    Great Forest has developed and maintained all of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, including energy efficiency projects, the installation of waterless urinals and our comprehensive recycling program. Using their quantitative metrics system, Great Forest tracks these programs to report our successes and drive improvement. As a result, we have achieved a recycling diversion ratio of 90%, and reduced water use by thousands of gallons a year.

    Since we have been working with Great Forest, we have initiated Earth Day events and our tenants have become more engaged in the sustainability process. The staff of Great Forest has been great to work with – they are always responsive and manage to keep the momentum going even when the team at the property is focused on so many other activities. We are proud of our accomplishments and very glad to be working with Great Forest.

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