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How to Achieve Amazing Things 5 Seconds at A Time

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Dec 27, 2018

It’s late December. Most of us are ecstatic about this week long “escape” we are given once a year to “check out” for a while, be with family and catch up on miscellaneous to dos.  

It’s also the last week of the year. As a result, we often spend at least some of our free time reflecting on the past 12 months and thinking about changes we want to make in the coming year - as daunting as they may seem. 

I recently began reading a book titled, “The Five Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. In this international best seller, Mel focuses intensely on the many moments, or opportunities, we come across each day that have the potential to change our career, our business – even our relationships. She states that the main obstacle to positive new behaviors and actions is literally, INACTION.

Recycling Programs = More Jobs, Higher Tax Revenues & Better Living for Local Communities

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Dec 19, 2018

As manufacturing activities and jobs continue to be outsourced, communities are struggling to add new, high-paying jobs to boost local economies. To tackle this problem, some local governments are shifting their focus by developing “creative economies” – economies that will attract alternative, sustainable industries to their area.

One key indicator of a creative economy is recycling.

According to the EPA’s 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report, recycling and reuse of materials creates jobs (many with higher wages than the national average) and generates local and state tax revenues. Across the United States, recycling and reuse activities accounted for 757,000 jobs, $36.6 billion in wages and $6.7 billion in tax revenue based on 2007 U.S. census data.

The report confirmed what many of us have known for decades - there are significant economic benefits to recycling. 

Listed below are just a few examples of how well-managed recycling programs can create more jobs, higher tax revenues and better quality of life for members of your local community.

Profits and Purpose: How Sustainable Business Practices Become a Competitive Advantage

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Nov 06, 2018

 

Sustainability. Social consciousness. Upcycling. Pre-cycling. Global warming versus climate change. What does it all really mean and why should you care? 

Well, as a business owner, you are in a unique position. Businesses have the ability to tackle sustainability issues linked to consumption, waste, recycling, clean energy, education, equality and climate change (to name a few) more so than individuals - and faster than government. But even more importantly, businesses have a lot to gain financially.

In today’s environment, endorsing and implementing sustainable business practices has a competitive advantage. Not only can it help you cut costs, increase market share and motivate the best people to work for you, it can propel your business to the top as a market leader.

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.

 

 

Success Stories In Waste Reduction and Recycling

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Mar 13, 2018

Waste reduction and recycling stories are all around us.  Listed below are some "best hits" in waste reduction and recycling from schools to Ellis Island. Enjoy!

 

Three Digital Marketing Methods Every Property Manager Can Use To Promote Their Multifamily Recycling Program

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Jan 25, 2018

According to the US Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, there are more than 18.9 million multifamily households in buildings with 5 or more units.  If you include 2 to 4 unit buildings, multifamily households represent 61% of all households in the US.1

In recent years, most multifamily residents have begun viewing recycling programs as an added benefit. According to an article in Propertymanagementinsider.com, in 2015, recycling was among the top five community amenities in the National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Apartment Resident Preferences.

This is a pretty significant and welcome change. Historically, resident turnover, space constraints and the inconvenience of storing and sorting recycled materials has made it more challenging to get residents of multifamily units to recycle correctly and consistently compared to single family dwellings. However, thanks to property managers, easily accessible collection points (in some cases on every floor) are now much more common. Availability of colored bins alongside trash dumpsters and easy to understand signage is also more the norm, then the exception.

So, the question becomes, how do you continue to foster participation, while decreasing costs and increasing education? Simple. Frequent and clear communication.  Okay, not so simple. However, we know it works.  The growing trend in most successful recycling programs is to go to residents directly and on a continuous basis.

What It Means To Be A Green Business: Achieving The Triple Bottom Line

By Lisa R Cassidy |   Dec 19, 2017

A green business is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line.

Achieving the triple bottom line means participating in environmentally friendly or green activities to ensure that processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address current environmental concerns while maintaining a profit.  
 
In general, a business is on track to achieve this goal if it meets the following criteria:

20 Energy Saving Tips To Reduce Business Energy Costs

By Rinkesh |   Mar 21, 2016

Running a business can be a difficult venture. It can become even more difficult when you consider the different types of costs you’ll run into when you’re starting up. Employee salaries, benefits, products, rental space and much more – all of these factors can impact your budget and will have to be taken into consideration when you’re creating and running your business. However, something many people don’t consider is the cost of energy and efficiency when you’re operating. Electricity, hydro, water and gas can be costly as well especially if you’re working long days or have a wealth of these different energies throughout the week. In order to reduce costs in your business when it comes to energy, there are a variety of different factors you need to consider. By assessing the needs of your employees and your customers when it comes to providing quality and standard energy, you’ll be able to make a plan that helps you cut costs where you need it the most.

Some essential tips come from the way you are already choosing to operate. Ask yourself this list of questions and consider the answers you come up with; many people are surprised that what they do on a day-to-day basis fortheir business can actually have a great influence over their energy costs.

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