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June 11th, 2015 Tips for planning a “green” meeting or event

Increased Waste in Event Hosting If you are looking to green your office, it’s important to consider how your meetings and events (whether on-site or off-site) contribute to, or detract from, your goals.  Consider that participants in meetings and events can produce nearly four times the waste (US EPA, 2003) and use 10 times the […]

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February 19th, 2015 The New and Improved: IREMSustainability.com

  IREMSustainability.com is new and improved, offering a wide variety of tips and tools for the sustainability-minded. Check out our new look by visiting IREMSustainability.com. Browse Efficiency Projects Looking for ideas to save on energy, water, or waste? IREM Sustainability now features Ways to Save– a resource for you to explore your options and evaluate […]

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February 16th, 2015 Introduction to GRESB

GRESB works to assess the sustainability of real estate portfolios around the world using a survey system. The GRESB Survey is aligned with: The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The survey provides results through a free “Scorecard,” which gives a company its individual GRESB scores […]

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July 29th, 2014 How to facilitate an effective virtual meeting

With advances in technology and tighter budgets, virtual meetings taking the place of face-to-face meetings. Aside from reducing travel time and costs, virtual meetings reduce environmental impacts. There are however, some disadvantages that come with virtual meetings as well. Identifying the shortcomings of virtual meetings According to Forbes Magazine there are “5 Fatal Flaws with […]

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July 29th, 2014 Green business travel policy guide

I. Specify how travelers will get to their destination When scheduling a trip follow these steps: 1. Could the purpose of the trip be accomplished remotely? If YES, consider a virtual meeting – With the ever-expanding list of features of new videoconferencing technologies, videoconferencing has become more feasible for a wider variety of meetings. Whether […]

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July 29th, 2014 Communicate on recycling

Internal Communications Effective, consistent, and clear communication about your recycling practices will result in: (1) greater employee participation and enthusiasm, (2) employees recycling effectively and consistently, and (3) increased chance of recycling practices lasting for a longer period of time. Most of us want to recycle but might be confused about what office materials we […]

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July 29th, 2014 Best practices for getting building occupants to recycle

Four Best Practices for occupant collaboration in recycling 1. Communication Communication of recycling information and educational materials to building occupants and custodians is important. Property managers must have a communication strategy for distributing recycling information. Weekly meetings, occupant outreach groups, and flyers/information postings in common areas are convenient and effective ways to distribute information to […]

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July 29th, 2014 The social costs of trash

The social costs of trash are not easily quantifiable. Here are some questions that address waste management on a community-wide scale when managing the waste in your own building or business: What price do you place on odors by disposal facilities? What is the dollar impact on property values, on community image or pride? How […]

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July 29th, 2014 Communicate on double sided printing

Sometimes the easiest practices can have the biggest impact. By making double side printing (often also called duplex printing) part of your office culture, you can potentially purchase and use up to 50% less office paper. Benefits Reduced costs for your purchasing department Less recycling of paper and toner cartridges possibly leading to reduced recycling […]

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July 29th, 2014 Bottled water facts

Resource use for plastic bottle production Oil: In 2006, over 17 million barrels of oil (equivalent to 106 billion megajoules of energy) were used to produce all the plastic bottles consumed in America (Pacific Institute). This production also released roughly 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (Corporate Responsibility International). Water: For every […]

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