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Robert Moses Middle School kids work to keep their school green

February 26, 2013
By News 12 Long Island

NORTH BABYLON - Sixth-graders from Robert Moses Middle School are working hard to keep their school green.

The students, who are part of the school's Environmental Recycling Club, go from classroom to classroom collecting paper and plastic bottles for recycling.

"It's really good for the kids, educationally," says teacher Chris Brodmerckel. "They really grab ahold of it and want to do more for their community."

Last year alone, the students kept 2 tons of recyclables out of landfills.

Food Waste Diversion In Heart Of Manhattan

By Diane Greer
BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 17

Motivation, infrastructure and economics are key to implementation of office composting at The Durst Organization, one of New York City's largest family-owned real estate developers. The program is the brainchild of Helena Durst, a co-vice president and fourth-generation family member, who is leading the charge to green the company's building management practices. Partnering with Durst is Royal Waste Services Inc., in Hollis, New York, a hauler that collects, processes and transports the separated organics, and McEnroe Organic Farm, near Millerton, New York, where the material is composted. Durst hopes to ultimately expand the program beyond just the company's headquarters at the Bank of America Tower in Manhattan to tenants in the company's sizeable commercial real estate portfolio.

The Durst Organization is renowned as an innovative leader in sustainable development. Its 54-story Bank of America Tower is considered one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, attaining LEED Platinum certification — the highest level available from the U.S. Green Building Council. Initiatives extend beyond design and construction to building management and maintenance procedures. Emphasis is placed on using renewable, reusable and recyclable materials, as well as green cleaning products. A comprehensive recycling program targets paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, glass and now food waste. Portfolio wide, the company is diverting over 80 percent of its waste from landfills.