Waste Reduction

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Before you discard anything, read on.

Waste = value when you're in the know. Share ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose. Explore deconstruction, donation, pre-cycling, product reduction, packaging reduction, precycling, carry in carry out.

Employers, CFO's, town councils, and regular folks, too, learn how to capture the carbon and save!

 
 

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International Buy Nothing Day

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

 Have you become frustrated with trying to buy the perfect "whatever" to capture the beauty of the season?

Consider siezing this bonus day off to take your family for a hike. Or maybe a game of Scrabble. A meal you make yourself.  Meet friends for tea, volunteer, draw, compose an incredible rock song with your kids or grand parents. Who knows what mischief you can come up with while your not standing in line, under fluorescent light, with a credit card in your hand, listening to aRead more

 

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Winter Musings on Home Compost Bins

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Winter Musings on Home Compost Bins

Composting has so many great benefits, practicing it saves money, time and keeps residents mindful of the relationship between what they eat, what they throw out, and the health of their community.

We've been talking about whether a municipal compost pickup or promoting backyard composting makes better sense for suburban communities in the Hudson Valley.  Some advocae for setting up rounds of municipal trucks that pick up 55 gallon containers of compost from stoop side in places like San FRead more

   

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Call for Abstracts for NY Annual Solid Waste/Recycling Conference

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:35

Call for Abstracts for NY Annual Solid Waste/Recycling Conference

Organics, the next frontier in solid waste and resource management, will be
thoroughly explored at the 2014 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association’s Conference -
starting with a plenary speaker from US Composting Council. An evolution in how these materials are
managed is taking place, as recycling rates continue to rise and composting is taken out of the
backyard.

The nationally known Federation conference, held May 18 – 21 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing,
NY, continues to offer timely toRead more

   

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Boston on Board with Composting

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

Boston on Board with Composting

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently announced the debut of a pilot program that will allow Boston residents to drop off compostable food scraps for free at three city farmers' markets. The pilot program is Boston's first public composting program and is similar to drop-off programs in New York City and Cambridge, which have helped set the stage for larger scale composting opportunities to transform collected scraps into fertile soil for use in commercial and personal farming and gardening projeRead more

   

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Bored? Hold an Office Community Kitchen Clean Out

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Tuesday, 05 March 2013 20:14

Bored? Hold an Office Community Kitchen Clean Out

Move the culture of your office towards waste reduction by gathering forces to get rid of the mess in the kitchen. (Including all the tiny over packaged bits of salt, sugar and sweet and low.) Chuck the plastic stirrers and spoons, take the paper cup holder off the water cooler or better yet set the water cooler in the hall.

Take this great opportunity for the office to create a more fun-ctional culture within the building. Ask team members to think of ways to replace throw away items. (seeRead more
   

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Sustainability: 4 Steps to Getting Buy-in

Written by Green Guru Network Administrator Saturday, 02 March 2013 17:18

Jesper Bank

Environmental & Energy Management News

 

The good news: There is a business case for sustainability.

 
Several recent studies from leading scholars from Harvard and the London School of Economics confirm that companies with an operating model that integrates sustainability outperform their “old model” peers in the long run. Not just in terms of higher stock market returns, but also with lower debt costs and fewer capital constraints – this means improved risk management, less volatRead more

   

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UN Launches Campaign Against Food Waste

Written by Green Guru Network Administrator Wednesday, 06 February 2013 18:41

Just Food

 

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a third of all food produced is wasted. Others put their estimate at closer to fifty percent. Significant differences in food waste trends are found between developing and developed countries. In January, the UN launched a new campaign, Think-Eat-Save, which aims to reduce global food waste estimated at 1.3 billion tons a year.

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Yonkers Mayor Spano Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

Written by Green Guru Network Administrator Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

Yonkers Mayor Spano Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

Yonkers Green Policy Task Force

City Establishes Hotline for Reporting and Increased Penalties for Lawbreakers

YONKERS, NY - December 14, 2012 - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano launched a new "It's Dumb to Dump" anti-dumping program last week, part of the Mayor's Clean Streets Initiative, targeting those who illegally dump their garbage in the city.  The new effort includes increased fines and the launch of a dumping hotline for residents to report any signs of illegal activity.

"The name of this prRead more

   

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Help Prevent Contamination of New York's Drinking Water by Natural Gas Pipelines

Written by Riverkeeper Tuesday, 04 December 2012 21:39

Help Prevent Contamination of New York's Drinking Water by Natural Gas Pipelines

The Delaware Watershed currently provides up to ninety percent of drinking water supplies to nine million New Yorkers, including eight million NYC residents. The construction, operation, and maintenance of natural gas pipelines in this region could contaminate this vital water supply. Although the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), the agency responsible for managing the Delaware River system, has the power to prevent pipelines and their infrastructure from traversing the Delaware Watershed,Read more

   

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Household Material Recovery Facility at Valhalla Accepting Walk-Ins Nov. 1

Written by Lea Cullen - Boyer Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:54

Household Material Recovery Facility at Valhalla Accepting Walk-Ins Nov. 1

From The County of Westchester: October 31, 2012 

HOUSEHOLD MATERIAL RECOVERY FACILITY ACCEPTING WALK-INS NOV. 1
No appointment needed to deliver household hazardous waste to help with hurricane cleanup 

To assist with clean-up from Hurricane Sandy, no appointment will be necessary to deliver acceptable items to the Household Material Recovery Facility tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

The H-MRF accepts household hazardous waste and other items worthy of special handling fromRead more
   

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Green Professional Building Skills Training

Written by Green Guru Network Administrator Wednesday, 10 October 2012 08:23

Green Professional Building Skills Training
We are a Delivery Partner for GPRO, a national training and certificate program developed by Urban Green Council,that teaches people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined trade-specific green construction knowledge. 
GPRO is designed for the experienced building professional who seeks to integrate green practices into his/her core knowledge of their trade.  

Interested in a training for your union or organization? Contact OliverRead more
   

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