Going zero waste does not mean that you have to stop producing waste immediately. Many businesses achieve their zero waste goals by adopting a series of small steps that steadily reduce waste. Here’s an example. “The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco is working towards creating a culture of caring about waste. A zero waste mindset is … Continue reading Going Zero Waste – How Small Steps Add Up At The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
April 2018–While New York mulls a ban on single-use plastic bags, San Francisco just took another step forward. Now in the West Coast city, which already has a bag ban in place, it is possible to easily recycle plastic bags and other clean, dry film and flimsy plastic such as plastic wrap! To help get the … Continue reading Recycling Plastic Bags In San Francisco – W Hotel Shows How
We’re glad to announce the return of the HANYC Sustainability Awards with a new venue and date. This year, winners of the fourth annual HANYC Sustainability Awards will be announced and celebrated on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Second Annual Sustainability Conference at New York Institute of Technology. Applications are now open. (NOTE: Hotels that … Continue reading Update: Applications Open For 2018 HANYC Sustainability Awards
The music will go on, at least for two baby grand pianos past their prime. The instruments came from the Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Rather than disposing of the old pianos, the hotel worked with Great Forest to find new homes for them. While the pianos needed a refresh and repairs, … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Fairmont Hotel Keeps Two Baby Grand Pianos Out Of The Landfill
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 5-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines
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
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
What do you do if you need to get rid of 100 gallons of furniture polish and clear out over 400 beds? While many businesses would simply pay to get the items hauled away, often to the landfill, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco turned to a nonprofit it had worked with before. In September, we told … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill
Congratulations! Winners of the 2016 HANYC Sustainability Awards were revealed in New York City on November 14, 2016 during HX: The Hotel Experience 2016, North America’s largest hospitality industry trade event. Presented by the Hotel Association of New York City, the HANYC Sustainability Awards recognize and honor hotels leading the way in sustainability, and making a … Continue reading 2016 HANYC Awards: NYC’s Greenest And Most Socially Responsible Hotels Are Revealed
Read the full story below, which first appeared in Green Lodging News. The results of the New York City Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge were recently revealed, with The Peninsula New York emerging tops in the hotel category. The Peninsula was able to double its diversion rate in just a few months during the Challenge, in the … Continue reading How The Peninsula New York Topped the Hotel Category in the Zero Waste Challenge
Thinking Outside the (Debris) Box: How the Generous Act of Donation for Reuse Allows Hotels to Avoid the Landfill
This post is by James Bernard in Great Forest’s San Francisco office. Recently, I was reminded of the three Rs of waste diversion—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—set to music by mellow musician Jack Johnson as a children’s song. Johnson’s deceptively simple “3 R song,” with the recurring line “we’ve got to learn to Reduce, Reuse Recycle” is a chant everyone should … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (Debris) Box: How the Generous Act of Donation for Reuse Allows Hotels to Avoid the Landfill
The search is on again. Apply now for the 2016 HANYC Sustainability Awards from the Hotel Association of NYC. The HANYC awards identify and honor New York City hotels that are leaders in environmentally friendly lodging practices and socially responsible initiatives. Now in its third year, the HANYC awards was developed by the Hotel Association’s Sustainability Committee … Continue reading Apply Now:
Looking For Most Sustainable and Socially Responsible NYC Hotels
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 African orphanage, and an international nonprofit. This is part of our effort to “rethink waste” … Continue reading Rethinking “Waste” Helps School, African Orphanage, Global Crisis Nonprofit
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). This year, Great Forest worked with the HANYC to expand the number of awards given … Continue reading News:
NYC’s Most Sustainable Hotels Are Identified, Artworks Awarded
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 their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out. … Continue reading HANYC Sustainability Award Winners Spotlight: Waldorf Astoria
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 global companies, and 18 residential management firms that have pledged to voluntarily reduce their building-based … Continue reading Calling All NYC Hotels – Join The Carbon Challenge!
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? We found out from General Manager Vic Freeman. But first… Green Feature Spotlight: Soap Incentives … Continue reading HANYC Sustainability Awards Winners Spotlight: The Carlton Hotel
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 boxes (those trays you find in hotel rooms to hold note pads, pens and keys)? Or … Continue reading When Hotels Redecorate, What Happens To Hundreds Of Old Items?
The search is on again. We encourage all eligible hotels to check for details and apply for the 2015 HANYC Sustainability Awards from the Hotel Association of New York City. Last year’s search identified three winners with a range of innovative programs. How green are NYC hotels? Here are 10 insights from the inaugural awards.
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 look behind the scenes at what many NYC hotels are doing in terms of sustainability. … Continue reading How Green Are NYC Hotels? 10 Insights From The Sustainability Awards
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 with the HANYC to launch the awards. Read more about the three hotels and why they … Continue reading NYC’s Most Sustainable Hotels Are Identified, Artworks Awarded
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 may lower costs by 40% to 60%. Investigate the chemicals you are using on-site and switch … Continue reading Hotel Sustainability – Top 3 Tips on Where to Begin
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) Sustainable Hospitality Committee, Houdré is passionate about making NYC hotels more sustainable. [Hotel Sustainability – Top 3 Tips … Continue reading Q&A With Hervé Houdré On The Search For NYC’s Greenest Hotel
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 in: Environment Protection Social Responsibility Holistic Strategy for Sustainable Hospitality We encourage all eligible hoteliers … Continue reading The Greenest Hotel in New York? Apply Now.
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, the hotel was left with 25 boxes of products that were in perfectly usable condition. … Continue reading Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill