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Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. (BEE) seeks to improve the quality of the Brooklyn community by partnering with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to create a clean and safe place to live and work. We are one of eight community partners on the Historic Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the Atlantic Yards Project, a $4 billion development including residential and commercial properties and a sports arena. WE ARE READY to create Green Jobs through the CBA either through current partnerships such as developers like Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), or through potential partnerships like the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Homeland Safety Inc and we welcome others.  BEE is preparing our community residents and businesses to be successful in the "Green" 21st Century.  

In 2010 Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. is teaming up with Homeland Safety Inc. to train NYC residents in safety and green jobs.  

Homeland Safety is an approved training school by the NYC department of buildings (NYC DOB).  They are also authorized to conduct Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training.  A new addition is Green Jobs Training.

Since 2004 Homeland Safety has helped its clients keep their projects safe, which has saved them money, reduced project downtime, and resulted in fewer on-site accidents. Our construction site safety management program and training meets and exceeds all federal, state, and city mandates. As a NYC DOB authorized school we offer most required construction safety training classes. We can also provide DOB required safety plans, risk management assessments, Fire Safety Plans and training, and Emergency Action Plans and training. All the information you need for a smarter, safer work site can be found right here.

Safety training is required by regulation and is a smart investment for employers who want to minimize injuries. On-the-job accidents result in lost time, employee dissatisfaction, high workers compensation premiums and possible fines imposed by OSHA or local authorities.  These training classes are designed to promote safety and health in the workplace using local and national compliance standards.

Be Safe. Be Confident. Be Prepared. Be Green! 
 




 


10 Ways Your Business Can Go Green

If you’ve got a business, one of the most profitable things you can do is to go green.


   Why Go Green                

Positive PR – Showing a commitment to recycling and energy-saving habits is a great way to boost your company’s profile. It gives you a reason to talk about your company and market it in a unique and consumer-friendly way.

Don’t just save money, earn more - some companies, such as Whole Foods and Harbec Plastics have generated millions for cost cutting moves. Marketing themselves as eco-friendly, they were able to get featured by major online and print publishers and generate the kind of publicity that money can’t buy.

For the rest of us, there are still dozens of little things we can do around our office that can save big in even the shortest amount of time. Some slight policy changes here and there and an active interest in learning new ways to be more aware of consumption, can and does make a big difference toward protecting the environment.

Here’s what you can do…

Rooftop Gardens - Many urban landscapes are now utilizing green rooftops. Having vegetation, even something as simple as grass on a rooftop not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but helps combat higher temperatures associated with urban environments.

Use Smaller Font – Aside from just recycling papers, using smaller front will actually saves reams per week. Other little paper saving tricks include double-sided printing and using electronic files over printed hardcopies. Not only will you be saving paper costs, but you’ll also be saving printing costs and trash-hauling costs. Hewlett Packard is one example of a company putting these ideas to use, recycling as much as 43 million pounds of paper – that’s about 367,000 trees.

Alternative Cooling – Portable air conditioners are another great way to save cooling cost. The average 1200 sq. foot office can see cooling costs as high as $3,000 per month. Instead of cooling the entire office, get each room a portable cooling unit that’ll do the same job at a margin of the cost of normal cooling.

Switching off – One of the most notorious office habits is leaving your PC running – now times this by the millions of business and times that by how many computers each business has! Simply switching your PC off can prevent an extra 1,000 pounds of greenhouse gases each year. Contrary to popular myth, this practice doesn’t hurt your computer, but if for any reason you have a program running or have a deep-rooted aversion to turning your computer off, then just set it to sleep mode before you call it a day.

Create a Niche - Many companies are quartering off a small section of their break room and setting up a small information section on eco-friendly habits. This not only shows your employees you're serious about conservation, but it reinforces positive office/home habits. Businesses can also encourage and reward employees for thinking of new ways to save around the office.

Refurbish Furniture - Rather than buying new office furniture, see if your existing furniture can be refurbished. Not only is refurbishing cheaper than buying new furniture, but it also helps companies do their part in not wasting resources.

Lighting – Lighting amounts to about 44 percent of an office’s electrical consumption. Little things like shutting off the lights at the end of the day or when you leave the room for more than ten minutes. A lot of companies have easily-adjustable automatic timers that can be adjusted to accommodate your new habits. However, if your office is part of a larger building, talk to your building’s management to see what they can do about a special set-up just for your floor or office.

Recyclables – Set up different types of receptacles for recycling. You can get a separate one for trash, paper, plastics, and even metals/plastics since many gadgets face the trash bin as new ones get purchased.

Eco-friendly Cleaning - The average office is cleaned about once a week, four times a month. Each time products are used with little thought of what they're made of and what companies are washing down the drain. Simply opting to go with using environmentally friendly cleaning products, companies can do a big part in conservation.

Solar Energy - Depending on the size of a business, some companies may want to look into solar energy panels as an alternative means of energy. While solar energy systems can be expensive to set up, they are considerably favorable systems for larger companies willing to invest in long term savings. An added bonus is that many states now offer incentives for solar energy users, including rebates and purchasing extra energy back from the company.
 

Posted on May 21, 2009 by: Shireen Qudosi

NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering July 5, 2010 through July 18, 2010

       This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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Why Go Green: 8 Ways to Make the Case
by Trey Granger Published on July 13th, 2009

 
This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.
We’ve all been there. A co-worker or family member throws that plastic bottle in the trash. Your response:  “Hey, that’s recyclable!”  In return, you get a blank stare followed by “So…Why does it matter?” While thousands of reasons flood your brain, how do you translate those into a simple, easy statement that sums it all up?
 
Don’t worry. We are here to sort through all the mumbo-jumbo with some stock replies that lay out easy answers to that complex question. From reduce to reuse, with a  little recycle mixed in, our eight green activities are easy to translate to even the toughest of crowds.
Bored? Head outside for a bike ride or a round of tennis. You'll work up a sweet and get back to nature. Photo: Phillyburbs.com
Bored? Head outside for a bike ride or a round of tennis. You'll work up a sweet and get back to nature. Photo: Phillyburbs.com
 
1. Take It Outside

Why Apply:
In general, outdoor activities use less energy while offering a more natural experience, and often times, cleaner air. For all our outdoor worries, we spend up to 90 percent of our lives indoors, where pollution levels are often higher than they are outdoors, based on volatile organic compounds released by paint and cleaning supplies.
How to Do It: Take a hike! We’re not trying to throw you out but, Gorptravel.com is a great place to find info on national parks, hiking trails and forests.
 
2. Power from the People

Why Apply:
Energy use is a huge deal, but why? All energy sources, including fossil fuels, coal and natural gas, give us the ability to run our cars and power our homes. However, energy use is not without its consequences. The harvesting, production and use of these energy sources leads to byproducts and in some cases, greenhouse gases. It’s easy to know what your impact is and more important, how to effect it. There are carbon calculators, energy audits and even programs that weigh your recycling.
 
How to Do It: Monitor energy usage on your utility bill and set a target for the following month. You can find high energy-draining devices using a Kill-a-Watt and save heating/cooling energy with a programmable thermostat. Check your next bill for a progress update and keep reducing until you hit the target.
 
3. Upgrade Your Plastic Recycling

Why Apply:
You may already recycle plastic bottles in your curbside program and bags at your grocery store, and this represents a good majority of the plastic we use. But as a whole, we recycle less than 7 percent of plastic, and often times this plastic is landfilled because we don’t know where else to take it.
 
How to Do It:
  1. Take bottle caps to your local Aveda store
  2. Mail used gift cards, hotel key cards and other plastic cards to Earthworks
  3. Ask your local shipping store if it reuses packing peanuts and Styrofoam blocks
  4. Your local Whole Foods may accept Brita filters for recycling
  5. If you have biodegradable plastic, it can be commercially composted
    Photo: Rhodo.co.nz
    Add some green to your backyard and create a healthy output of resources for your garden. Photo: Rhodo.co.nz
4. Let Organics Nourish Your Yard

Why Apply:
A healthy garden is beneficial to the environment. But part of every garden is yard waste, such as leaves, weeds and tree trimmings. This organic material can be combined with food waste in a composting bin, which converts it into nutrient-rich fertilizer to use in the garden. In laymen terms, your garbage from yesterday could be your free soil of tomorrow.
 
How to Do It: Start a compost pile. If that step is down the line a little, you can do other things today to help get you in the swing of things.  The next time you mow the lawn, let grass clippings decompose instead of collecting them. This is known as grasscycling and provides nutrients to the remaining grass while reducing the water requirements for your lawn.
 
5. Give Your Car Some DIY Love

Why Apply:
Many times we associate gas mileage with how eco-friendly our car is, and that’s understandable. But just because a car is capable of 30 mpg doesn’t mean you’ll automatically achieve it. In addition to smart driving, there are several do-it-yourself jobs that can improve your car’s performance and save you money. For example, under-inflated tires can significantly reduce your gas mileage and reduce the life of your tires.
 
How to Do It: DIY activities for your car maintenance range from monitoring/re-filling your car fluids to testing your air conditioning system. If you’re not much of a car person, make sure you stay on track for schedule maintenance with your dealership or mechanic.
 
6. Make Your Paperless Documents Shine

Why Apply: The idea of going paperless makes sense, especially since it accounts for about a third of our total waste. Beyond the waste factor, non-printed items can easily be jazzed up to make a better impact on the viewer. Save trees and get creative, it’s a win-win.
 
How to Do It: Take advantage of features offered in email programs and word processing documents. You can often import templates and choose non-traditional fonts that will stand out on a computer screen. Play with color and photos and let your imagination be your guide.
Utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your eco-activities. Photo: Foxnomad.com
Utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your eco-activities. Photo: Foxnomad.com
 
7. Speak Up

Why Apply: How many times have you heard one person can’t make a difference? Regardless of how you feel about the statement, one person is not what it use to be. With the Internet, most people have a much larger reach then they did 10 years ago.
 
No matter how you decide to be green, you have an opportunity to educate others in the process. In today’s age of blog posts, Facebook updates and hourly Tweets, there are plenty of outlets to green by example.
 
How to Do It: After you’ve finished making your own household cleaners, tell others your secret recipe and steps to avoid. You can even brew extra and offer it to friends to get them started.
 
8. Small Things Add Up

Why to Apply:
Think those things you do every day are not making a big difference? Believe it or not, you can always make your green activities even greener. Carpooling takes one car off the road, but a pair of carpoolers taking public transportation once a week takes two cars off the road. It really starts to add up.
 
How to Do It: Let’s take a step further. You’ve already cut your shower time to reduce water use. Now, put a bucket underneath the faucet to capture water before you’ve reached the desired temperature. You can use this clean water for plants, washing your car or even flushing the toilet while using less water. It’s tweeking your everyday effort to make it even bigger.

 
   
 
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