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Zero Waste Design Guidelines Offer Architects Innovative Design Options for Reducing & Diverting Waste

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Aug 16, 2018

In New York City, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) exports more than 12,000 tons of waste each day. Because there is no waste storage requirements for commercial buildings, each building can manage waste as they see fit. For many building owners, waste is a costly process. It is managed manually and stored indoors or on loading docks.

Unfortunately, New York City is not the only major city facing high costs and antiquated processes when it comes to managing waste, but they are among the few with very aggressive zero waste goals.  According to OneNYC, “The City is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in solid waste management by achieving the goal of Zero Waste by 2030, eliminating the need to send waste to out-of-state landfills and minimizing the overall environmental impact of the city’s trash.”

In an effort to achieve this goal, New York-based Clare Miflin, architect at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, brought together a team of architects and planners to develop a set of guidelines, called the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, that would offer architects innovative waste solutions for new building designs.

Closing the Loop: How to Win at Composting While Avoiding Painful Fines At the Same Time

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Mar 21, 2018

Did you know that when it comes to winning and losing, the fear of loss is far greater than the joy of winning? In study after study, “loss aversion” has proven to effect decision-making in ways that you may not expect. For example, a person is less likely to sell something they own for $10, than they are to buy the same item for $10. People are also more likely to become politically involved when their rights are threatened, than if there's a vote on a law that would give them more rights. Why? According to psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, “Evolution has made pain a more urgent matter than pleasure, since avoiding pain is the thing that can keep you alive.”

Knowing our propensity to take action to avoid pain, can be a good thing. This brings me to the purpose of this article. Composting is not typically something a business owner, a manager or even a resident feels obligated to do just because it is a good idea. Nor does it feel like winning when it is done well. Yet, composting is an opportunity to win and avoid pain all in one – and that is something worth considering.

5 Best Practices for Managing, Tracking and Reducing Waste in Commercial Buildings

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Mar 18, 2018

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), manufacturing facilities and commercial buildings are responsible for nearly half of the 167 million tons of waste that wind up in incinerators or landfills each year.1

There are many things that facility managers, building owners and property managers can do to improve or enhance their sustainability efforts.

Listed below are five best practices for managing, tracking and reducing waste.