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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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FOR HEALTH'S SAKE!!!
Heathy living, naturally and locally...

Use natural soaps and cleaning products.
Reduce the amount of animal products you eat..
Start composting your kitchen and yard waste.
Buy locally grown and/or organic produce.
Grow only native plants and don't use pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals.
Support a local science institution, such as a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden or nature center.
   
 
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