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10 Simple Ways to Reduce Office Waste

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According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. commercial and manufacturing activities are responsible for as much as 45% of the 150 million tons of waste the country generates each year. In addition, transporting and burning this waste creates greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

What is your business or office building doing to reduce office waste and its carbon footprint? If the task of managing and reducing office waste seems daunting, fear not. The reality is that it’s not difficult at all. And small changes can add up to big dividends.

Consider these 10 simple tips to help your company and office building improve waste management operations, reduce costs and enhance sustainability.

1. Buy Recycled Paper

It’s an easy first step: Purchase chlorine-free paper with recycled content. According to RecycleWorks, buying 20 cases of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 390 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 4100 kwh of energy, in addition to eliminating 60 pounds of air-polluting emissions and 8 cubic feet of landfill space.

2. Get Comfortable Going Paperless

Before you hit “print,” determine if it’s something you really need on paper. Can it just as easily sit on your hard drive for access when needed? Much of what we print at the office is set aside and then discarded without a second glance.

3. Reuse Boxes and Packing Material

When you get a shipment, save the box and packing materials to use when you have a shipment going out. You can also shred old documents and reuse them as packing material.

4. Buy Used or Remanufactured Furniture

In the market for office furniture? Check Craigslist for inexpensive used furniture, or purchase like-new remanufactured furniture at a fraction of the cost from a dealer near you.

5. Reduce Your Junk Mail

Take a periodic look at the junk mail your office receives. Unsubscribe from lists and publications you no longer need. Call companies and advertisers and tell them to remove you from mailing lists. And make the switch to digital delivery of publications and newsletters you still want.

6. Reduce or Replace Paper and Styrofoam Coffee Cups

Consider getting rid of your company’s supply of disposable cups and encourage employees to bring in their own reusable mugs.

7. Replace or Properly Dispose of Your Single-Use Batteries

Invest in rechargeable batteries and battery chargers for small office devices like cameras. It’s less expensive over time and much better for the environment. If you do stick with single-use batteries, be sure to dispose of them properly.

8. Buy Recycled Toner Cartridges

Save money (typically 15% to 50% per order) and landfill waste when you buy toner cartridges that have been refurbished and refilled. When the toner runs out, simply package up your cartridge and send it back to the manufacturer for reuse. Contrary to popular belief, remanufactured ink cartridges do not damage your print heads or result in poor print quality.

9. Make Paperless Payments

Ask vendors to send your bills electronically. Online billing is greener, quicker and more secure than paying by mail. According to PayItGreen.org, a 20% reduction in paper-based billing cuts gas consumption by 102,945,600 gallons, prevents nearly 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saves 1,811,275 trees.

10. Make the Switch to Compact Fluorescents

When your light bulbs burn out, consider replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs. They’re more energy efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs, which saves money and the environment.

Dave Eck, maintenance manager with The Anderson Group, says commercial property managers who understand the benefits of sustainability programs reap rewards in terms of tenant loyalty and the bottom line.

“We practice energy efficiency throughout our property portfolio, and we help our tenants save money with Smart Office Audits. We helped one company save $50,000 by retrofitting their light fixtures,” says Dave Eck, maintenance manager with The Anderson Group. “Successful waste management needs to be an ongoing, well-publicized, company-wide initiative.”


The Anderson Group helps keep your business running. For information about commercial property management services or available commercial properties in our portfolio, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

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Happy Earth Day! 5 Ways to Green Your Small Business

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day, marking the 46th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. What used to be a day celebrated by a few fervent environmental groups and activists is now a worldwide call to action embraced by individuals and major corporations alike. Good environmental stewardship benefits us all.

How can your business do its part? We’ll give you five business-centric ways to green your workspace and protect our planet at the same time.

1. LEED by Example

The U.S. Green Building Council says the average person spends 90% of his/her time indoors. That means the air we breathe and the light we’re exposed to should keep us healthy, happy and productive. You might think LEED only applies to building construction, but LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) helps businesses that don’t have control over building construction or operations (office building tenants, for example) develop healthier and greener workplaces. Learn more.

2. Increase Your Efficiency

Your company can realize big returns on investment when you reduce your energy usage—not only in terms of cost savings, but also greater comfort for and productivity of the people who work for you. Look for office buildings that have an energy efficiency program in place. These programs often reduce tenant occupancy costs and provide a high-functioning workspace—a win-win. Energy efficiency programs often include energy-efficient roofing systems, LED lighting, and HVAC, as well as in-house expertise capable of monitoring and maintaining NYSERDA’s energy-efficiency standards. To learn how your office can make simple changes that add up to big savings, sign up for a free Smart Office Audit.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

It’s an old—but relevant—reminder, and it means more than recycling paper in the bin next to the copy machine. Ask employees to bring reusable mugs and water bottles to the office and do away with the disposable ones. Ask employees to think before they print, and buy recycled-content products for your office (on average, they cost approximately 5% more, but help reduce waste and pollution. From recycled paper and refillable ink cartridges to cell phones and computers, almost everything in your office can be recycled for future reuse.

4. Buy second-hand office furniture

When shopping for furniture and furnishings for your office space, consider buying used or remanufactured furniture. You can find deals on used office furniture on eBay and Craigslist, and you can find like-new remanufactured furniture (often restored to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications but at a fraction of the cost of new office furniture) through your local office furniture dealers and remanufacturers. A quick Google search in your area should lead you to a number of resources for both. You can also choose to donate your old office furniture to save it from the landfill. Check the donation rules and regulations for your local Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity Re-Store to give your old furniture a second life.

5. Soak up the sun.

Green power takes many forms, including solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower, but all come from renewable energy sources and not fossil fuels. If you’re looking for new office space, look for buildings that have invested in renewable energy. The savings, in terms of reduced electricity usage and heating and cooling costs, indirectly and positively impact your bottom line by offsetting a portion of the electricity your building owner purchases from the utility. In addition, when your business benefits from renewable energy, you’re telling your customers that clean, sustainable, cost-efficient energy is important to you—a powerful message in this day and age.


 

To learn how to make your office space more energy efficient and reduce your carbon footprint, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com

 

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Is Solar Energy Office Space Smart for Business?

Using solar energy is good for business – your business.

Spring has finally arrived in the Capital Region, and with it, more daytime hours. This is a double dose of good news for businesses that benefit from solar energy. When your business, property management company or commercial landlord invests in solar, you reap the benefits of reducing electrical usage, heating and cooling costs, and your carbon footprint. How? Solar power offsets a portion of the electricity you or your building owner purchases from the utility and, ultimately, offsets your electric bill.

We know firsthand. In 2014, The Anderson Group contracted with Rhinebeck-based Hudson Solar to install 189 solar panels on our executive suites building at 125 Wolf Road, Albany NY. The installation is projected to yield savings of $190,000 over 25 years – savings that don’t just improve our bottom line but benefit our tenants, as well. Our investment in solar is part of The Anderson Group’s multi-million dollar building upgrade program and reflects our commitment to energy efficiency.

The Anderson Group is not alone. Studies show that commercial solar installations increased by 487% in the past five years alone, and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that “major U.S. corporations, including Walmart, IKEA and Macy’s, are going solar at an incredible rate.”

How does our “going solar” benefit your business? There are two big advantages.

Going Green Saves Green

Buildings that take advantage of solar energy typically achieve 15 to 25 percent in after-tax returns, equating to thousands of dollars in savings each year. And because solar panels are most effective during the day, they offset power from the grid when the utility is charging the most. As property managers utilizing solar power, we can sell the surplus electricity generated by our solar panels to the utility company, reducing our – and our tenants’ – monthly electricity bill. Use of solar power also lowers our Common Area Maintenance (CAM) costs – savings that get passed along to our tenants.

Green Will Look Good on You

Going solar makes a powerful statement to customers and current and prospective employees alike that your company cares about our community and the environment. When your business benefits from use of solar power, you send the message that you’re using clean, sustainable, cost-efficient energy to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and pollution. It can be a great public relations tool. After all, an environmentally responsible image is good for business and community relations.

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125 Wolf Road Executive Suites installed solar panels to save energy and cost.


To learn more about The Anderson Group’s investment in solar energy, or to inquire about available space in our solar-enhanced executive suite building at 125 Wolf Road, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

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Team Work. Dream Job. The Anderson Group

Dave Eck Maintenace Manager for The Anderson Group

Dave Eck, Maintenance Manager for The Anderson Group

Team Work. Dream Job.

Employee Profile: Dave Eck, Maintenance Manager, The Anderson Group 

There isn’t much that Dave Eck, The Anderson Group’s maintenance manager, hasn’t seen. And it’s his sense of adventure—and the thrill of facing a challenge—that keeps him coming back for more.

A Slingerlands native, Dave’s long resume includes supervisory roles at restaurants, ambulance companies, and country clubs from Texas to New York. Dave also served for more than 20 years in the Slingerlands Fire Department (five of them as commissioner) and has been a member of the New York State Urban Search and Rescue team.

The Anderson Group was fortunate to land Dave in March of 2011. Dave immediately implemented a team approach in the company’s maintenance department, ensuring that his department worked seamlessly with other Anderson departments, from housekeeping to legal and administration. A self-described “working supervisor,” Dave is a hands-on manager who earned his team’s respect from the ground up—mowing, cleaning bathrooms, and responding to tenant calls right along with them.

Dave’s responsibilities span properties from Saratoga to Selkirk and everywhere in between. On Wolf Road alone, Dave coordinates maintenance activities for 10 properties. He’s also responsible for nine properties on Madison and Washington Avenue Extensions, as well as one property in Selkirk one in Saratoga Springs.

“What do I do? You name it,” Dave says with a smile. “My job as maintenance manager is customer service, and everybody is my customer—my guys, my tenants, and my bosses. Our job is to keep everybody happy.”

His “guys,” as Dave affectionately refers to them, are made up of 13 maintenance professionals, including six qualified technicians proficient in HVAC, plumbing and electric. And he’s pretty proud of them.

“Most of our tenants know my guys by name. And I make it a point to know my guys. They’re good people who work hard and know their stuff,” Dave says. “When you know your guys, you can use them to their—and your tenants’ and company’s—best advantage.”

One such advantage is The Anderson Group’s business partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In fact, The Anderson Group is the only property management company with maintenance professionals who have earned certification through NYSERDA’s Quality Maintenance (QM) Program.

Anderson’s participation in the QM Program signifies the company’s heavy investment in the two biggest utility cost drivers—HVAC systems and lighting.

With Dave at the helm, trained Anderson technicians use diagnostic tools and national quality-maintenance standards to ensure that its HVAC and lighting systems operate at peak performance and improve their (and their tenants’) bottom line. Last year, The Anderson Group’s team conducted 65 tests throughout nine Anderson-owned buildings, resulting in an estimated savings of more than 400,000 kWh. By the end of 2014, The Anderson team will have conducted more than 125 tests across all of its properties. Testing is also provided to tenants who take advantage of Anderson’s property management services.

“This maintenance program saves energy, reduces costs, and maximizes office efficiency,” Dave says. “It helps our tenants avoid costly repairs during heating season and run greener and cleaner all year long. We’re proud to be the only property management company in the state to offer this, and our team is well qualified.”

As maintenance manager, Dave is on call 24/7—ready to respond to emergencies and routine matters alike. He’s also in charge of the company’s safety plans and procedures and is constantly improving tenant and employee safety alike.

“We’re always busy,” Dave says, “but I wouldn’t trade this job for the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anderson on WGY Radio: Rescue Your Office Space Budget from Inefficient Lighting


Smart Office Audit LogoInefficient lighting can be an enormous drain on your office space budget. The Anderson Group’s efficiency experts will provide a free lighting audit as part of the free Smart Office Audit. Request your audit today online or by calling 518-458-7726.

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