Sustainability101 Blog

17 Feb 2015

Last year, Great Forest worked with the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) to develop and launch the very first HANYC Sustainability Awards. In the process of reviewing and judging the pool of applicants, we gained a unique first-hand…  Continue Reading...

9 Feb 2015

Here’s an interesting report from the Citizens Budget Commission. “The report recommends the City of New York charge a variable fee for residential trash removal as an economic incentive to reduce non-recyclable and non-compostable waste and lower taxpayer cost for the…  Continue Reading...

3 Feb 2015

Recycling@Work Research Results and Recommendations – Webinar will take place Wed, February 4, 2015 at 1:00 ET | Register Here. Keep America Beautiful has partnered with Action Research and Pepsico Recycling to conduct a research project to better understand the most effective…  Continue Reading...

26 Jan 2015

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…  Continue Reading...

26 Jan 2015

Businesses, institutions and organizations in Delaware may be eligible to receive financial help to install or expand their recycling programs through the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program. Grant applications are due March 3, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2015, and projects…  Continue Reading...

21 Jan 2015

This 3 min. video offers highlights of the panel discussion on “Recycling More vs. Recycling Right in America” at the 2014 SXSW Eco Conference on sustainability in Austin, Texas. The discussion was moderated by the National Waste & Recycling Association’s President and CEO…  Continue Reading...

15 Jan 2015

Here’s a one-minute video that tells you what you can do with e-waste in New York, including the e-cycle NYC program that offers e-waste pick up from buildings, and info on over 90 retail locations in NYC where you can drop…  Continue Reading...

12 Jan 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 Year, New Rules Across The Country: Here are selected highlights of…  Continue Reading...

12 Jan 2015

The United Nations Environment Program calls electronic waste the “fastest growing waste stream in the world.” In 2015, NYC joined a growing list of cities and states requiring the proper disposal and recycling of e-waste. A typical building generates close to…  Continue Reading...

10 Jan 2015

What’s the leading cause of death in developing countries? A.  malnutrition and undernutrition B.  tuberculosis, malaria & HIV/AIDS C.  pollution Click to find out.  The answer might surprise you. This stealth killer causes 1 in 7 deaths around the world.…  Continue Reading...

8 Jan 2015

Happy New Year.  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon believes that 2015 will be the year of sustainability.  We’ve been building up to it. Here are his thoughts on businesses. A sustainable approach to business can also help create decent jobs, improve public health, empower…  Continue Reading...

16 Dec 2014

As we look forward to 2015….                                             Great Forest is a proud supporter of the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute for…  Continue Reading...

25 Nov 2014

On December 2, the Global Center for Hospitality Management at New York Institute of Technology, the New York State Restaurant Association & Green Hospitality Initiative will be hosting a day-long conference on Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective – Food, Operations, Work Culture,…  Continue Reading...

20 Nov 2014

  It is in your home, and in your office, lurking around in the deep dark recesses of your basement or closet – a collection of old electronics that have been stored away, taking up valuable space. Just how big…  Continue Reading...

15 Nov 2014

What are the most widely and easily recycled items? Keep America Beautiful has partnered with National Waste and Recycling Association, Solid Waste Association of North America and the U.S. EPA to develop a simple message designed to answer the question “What can…  Continue Reading...

11 Nov 2014

Congratulations to the Waldorf Astoria New York, New York Hilton Midtown, and The Carlton Hotel – they are the winners of the first ever Hotel Association of New York City’s HANYC Sustainability awards.  Great Forest provided expert guidance, and worked…  Continue Reading...

5 Nov 2014

Recently, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth came across a school in Armenia, where various mounds of highly toxic waste had mysteriously appeared (see photo below). The piles appeared to have been dumped there surreptitiously by a company looking to get…  Continue Reading...

4 Nov 2014

This video from Business insider shows what happens to some of NYC’s glass, metal, and plastic at SIMS Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility.  Continue Reading...

30 Oct 2014

Great Forest has worked with many hotels across the country.  Here, in brief, are our top three suggestions for hotels deciding to go green: Begin with increasing recycling and reducing waste because it is easy, has an immediate impact, and…  Continue Reading...

30 Oct 2014

Hervé Houdré has been called one of the greenest hoteliers in NYC. As the regional director of operations and general manager of the Intercontinental New York Barclay (now under renovation), and chairman of the Hotel Association of New York City’s (HANYC)…  Continue Reading...

30 Oct 2014

Polystyrene (PS), commonly known by its brand name Styrofoam, and expanded polystyrene (EPS), often used for packaging, have bad reputations in recycling circles. They are often thought of as unrecyclable and destined for the landfill. Currently, it is common for PS and…  Continue Reading...

30 Oct 2014

This post is from Great Forest consultant Christine McCoy in the D.C. region.                         Great Forest participated in a recent Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) school supplies drive by…  Continue Reading...

27 Oct 2014

The weight of a cow – that is how much compostable materials we collected at Stone Barns’ popular Harvest Fest in the Hudson Valley, New York, earlier in October. That is over 1000 pounds of food waste and other compostable materials…  Continue Reading...

24 Oct 2014

While we work to help companies recycle e-waste responsibly in the U.S., our sister nonprofit Pure Earth is working to tackle the issue in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the location of one of the world’s best-known e-waste dump sites. According to the EPA,…  Continue Reading...

30 Sep 2014

Did you know that you can use events and outreach activities you are planning for America Recycles Day (which falls on November 15) to earn extra LEED credit for your building? This “design yourself” Innovation in Operations (IO) credit is not assigned to any one…  Continue Reading...

29 Sep 2014

Large events often leave behind mountains of waste that few organizers know how to handle. The logistics of recycling and composting at festivals can seem insurmountable, but this year, Stone Barns is meeting the challenge, and we will be there to make sure they…  Continue Reading...

29 Sep 2014

Washington, D.C.: Waste management modernization act summary New provisions are moving D.C. towards increasing composting and electronics recycling, and moving away from the use of styrofoam. Among the details: Waste: Penalties significantly increase, to a maximum fine of $25,000 or suspension…  Continue Reading...

23 Sep 2014

I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change; I am an ice cream guy. But I do know that the more business leaders who are willing to walk out of the boardroom and walk into the streets,…  Continue Reading...

19 Sep 2014

“Fuller and Pure Earth (Blacksmith) have amassed an impressive record of success…” — Businessweek, Sept. 2014 Great Forest founder Richard Fuller spoke with Businessweek recently about his work addressing global toxic pollution with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth. The article also chronicled…  Continue Reading...

8 Sep 2014

Our friend Russell Klein, with whom we worked closely during his many years as Washington D.C.’s only municipal recycling educator, and who was also responsible for directing (and co-founding) the Material Resource Sustainability Internship (MRSI), has written a great piece to…  Continue Reading...

29 Aug 2014

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has revealed the existence of millions of “zombie” servers in the U.S. About 30% of servers in the country drain energy without doing anything. Many others operate at only 12%…  Continue Reading...

29 Aug 2014

The 6th annual Pure Earth/Blacksmith Golf Benefit returns to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Westchester, New York, on Monday, September 29, 2014. Mike Doherty, President/CEO of Building Maintenance Services, is this year’s honoree. Thanks to all Great Forest clients and friends for…  Continue Reading...

27 Aug 2014

We are excited about the launch of the first ever HANYC Sustainability Awards from the Hotel Association of New York City. Designed to encourage and recognize sustainability in the industry, the awards will be given to member hotels that have developed programs…  Continue Reading...

27 Aug 2014

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…  Continue Reading...

18 Aug 2014

Two new reports throw fresh light on the value of sustainability. Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Savings and Payback  Produced by BREEAM, a U.K. green building certification body similar to LEED, this report concludes that making environmentally-friendly decisions for your building does…  Continue Reading...

21 Jul 2014

For many businesses, summer means higher energy costs. Here are 3 simple things you can do NOW to save money and be more energy efficient this summer… and three more tips to get you ready for next summer. 1) To do NOW Use daylight: Most…  Continue Reading...

21 Jul 2014

Renowned Poet Homero Aridjis Makes Heartfelt Plea For A Lead-Free Mexico  Did you know that millions of men, women and children in Mexico have elevated blood lead levels?  Many are “poisoned” at each meal by food cooked in or served on…  Continue Reading...

21 Jul 2014

This post is from Great Forest consultant Jennifer Niklas, adapted from a piece she initially put together for the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where she worked on sustainability initiatives for dozens of campus facilities and campus offshoots in…  Continue Reading...

17 Jul 2014

It is hard enough to spring clean your basement at home.  Imagine trying to clear the basement of your office building! That is exactly what Great Forest helps clients do each spring. Recently, we were at First Potomac’s TenThreeTwenty property in Columbia,…  Continue Reading...

16 Jul 2014

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…  Continue Reading...

30 Jun 2014

This June, Great Forest founder Richard Fuller addressed the U.N. as president of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, on behalf of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), to urge the world to pay more attention to the largest cause of death in the developing…  Continue Reading...

30 Jun 2014

Congratulations to JBG Companies on being recognized by Montgomery County for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling at 7200 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Both tenants and management at the building are being commended for “implementing or improving their recycling, waste reduction or buying…  Continue Reading...

30 Jun 2014

Summer is festival time. Festivals mean plenty of disposable plates, cups, bottles, cans and utensils will be used. Unfortunately, festival organizers do not always have the resources to install a recycling program or insist that all vendors use biodegradable wares…  Continue Reading...

27 Jun 2014

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:…  Continue Reading...

23 Jun 2014

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…  Continue Reading...

16 Jun 2014

This Great Forest case study was featured in Environmental Leader’s 2014 Insider Knowledge Report–Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers (download pdf). It documents the innovative Open Top Container Log (OTCL) system developed by Great Forest. Going Back to Basics Leads…  Continue Reading...

28 May 2014

You have all seen those notices in hotel bathrooms about reusing towels. A report reveals that those messages are NOT very effective when they appeal to your green conscience like this: “Save our planet: every day millions of gallons of water…  Continue Reading...

28 May 2014

May is National Bike month. More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, and the number of people cycling to work is growing (see infographic). One of them is Ross Guberman, Great Forest’s senior…  Continue Reading...

28 May 2014

It is all about making the connection. Usable items often go to the landfill because the connection is not made between those looking to dispose of items, and those in need. When the line of amenities usually provided to guests at the Surrey hotel was discontinued,…  Continue Reading...

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