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News & Events

May 2014

Neil Cutler, Principal, Synergis - Zero Waste Group, to speak at national Zero Waste conference. .

Mr. Cutler will be addressing the US Zero Waste Business Council's 3rd annual conference, as part of a panel discussing "How to Move your Business Towards Zero Waste". Contact us for a free copy of the presentation.

March 2014

Synergis contracted by New Parkway Theater to provide waste reduction consulting services.

Synergis will be looking for additional opportunities for this community centered cinema and pub to expand and promote its waste reduction efforts.

Click here for more information.

February 2014

Synergis to provide tenant education services to RiverRock Real Estate Group.

Synergis was contracted to train tenants and custodial crews to properly separate recyclables at Hookston Square, increase recycling participation, and reduce costs.

January 2014

Synergis contracted by SL Green to provide vendor RFP support. 

Synergis will be supporting SL Green’s garbage and recycling bid process for 3.5M square feet of Class A office space.

November 2013

Synergis contracted by Life Technologies – Frederick, MD to provide zero waste audit.

Synergis will provide a zero waste audit for Life Technologies’ Frederick, MD facility.

October 2013

NY League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) honors Westchester Green Business Challenge. 

The Westchester Green Business Challenge will be honored for its efforts to help businesses throughout Westchester County operate more sustainably. Neil Cutler of Synergis has been a co-developer/manager of the program.

Click here for more information.

September 2013

Synergis contracted by Life Technologies – Carslbad, CA to provide comprehensive waste audit.

Synergis will provide a comprehensive waste audit for Life Technologies' Carlsbad, CA headquarters to measure their diversion rate from landfill, as they work towards zero waste certification.

August 2013

Synergis contracted by Aldo Group to provide waste reduction audits.

Synergis will be conducting retail store audits and working to improve material sorting and recycling participation at selected Aldo stores throughout the US.

June 2013

Third Annual Westchester Green Business Challenge Recognition Event

In addition to recognizing participating businesses, this event honored the companies most improved over the past year in a number of different green categories. The annual C.W. Brown Sustainability Award was given to The Blue Pig ice cream store in Croton-on-Hudson.

Click here for photos and information from the 2013 Recognition Event.

May 2013

Synergis contracted by Life Technologies to provide zero waste audit.”

Synergis will provide a zero waste audit for Life Technologies' Eugene, OR facility to measure their diversion rate from landfill

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April 2013

Synergis provides support for Reckson/SL Green LEED Gold project.

Synergis conducted the comprehensive waste audit for this 121,000 sf, four-story office building in Greenwich, CT, helping the project to earn Gold Certification in the LEED-EB category.  500 West Putnam Avenue is only one of two buildings in the state of Connecticut to publicly receive a LEED-EB Gold certification.

Read more project info here. 

March 2013

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at @First shopping center.

Synergis will improve tenant recycling compliance, and oversee all garbage and recycling services at this mixed use property in San Jose.

February 2013

Westchester Green Business Challenge Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion - Sustainable Travel & Tourism in Westchester & the Mid-Hudson Valley - February 5, 2013

Representatives from leading hotels, restaurants, farms and attractions discuss efforts to foster sustainable tourism throughout the region and highlight best green business practices that can be applied to any type of organization. 

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January 2013

Synergis contracted by Reckson/SL Green to provide waste audits and improve recycling participation rates for three more Fairfield County buildings.

Synergis will be working with tenants, janitorial staff, and property management to improve material sorting and recycling participation at 300 Main Street, 1055 Washington Blvd and 680/750 Washington Blvd in Stamford, CT.

December 2012

Green Business Challenge Webinar Series:  New York Sun Initiative: New Solar Opportunity for Westchester Green Businesses - December 12, 2012

Solar and sustainability experts from Ecoplexus explain the basics of solar energy, the process for developing solar at your facility, and how your business can take full advantage of the New York Sun Initiative.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

November 2012

Synergis contracted by Life Technologies

Synergis will perform a baseline waste audit for Life Technologies' Frederick, MD facility to measure their diversion rate from landfill, as they work towards zero waste.

October 2012

Westchester Green Business Challenge - Sustainability at New York Presbyterian Hospital - October 10, 2012

A panel discussion with members of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Sustainability Council and Green Team.  Learn how the hospital addresses the environmental impacts of energy, water, waste, transportation, purchasing and wellness across its five campuses, creating a culture of sustainability. Learn about best practices that can be applied to any type of business organization.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

September 2012

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at Livermore Valley Plaza.

Synergis will improve tenant recycling compliance, consolidate services, and lower program costs at this mixed use property in Livermore.

August 2012

Webinar:  Social Media and the Westchester Green Business Challenge - August 8, 2012

Whether your company is already using social media or not, this informative webinar will discuss the benefits of doing so and great tips to grow and engage your customer base.  We'll also discuss how to use the WGBC social media channels to collaborate with others to share best practices, find vendors, announce upcoming events and help to support and grow each other's businesses.  

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

July 2012

Synergis conducts LEED Waste Audit for Reckson / SL Green

Synergis conducted a comprehensive waste audit for Reckson / SL Green and CodeGreen for a 118,000 sf office property in Greenwich, CT.

Synergis contracted by Reckson / SL Green to provide waste audits and improve recycling participation rates for Landmark Square

Synergis will be working with tenants, janitorial staff, and property management to improve material sorting and recycling participation at the 839,000 sf Landmark Square office complex in Greenwich.

June 2012

Webinar:  Zero Waste through Green Business Programs - June 27, 2012

The U. S. EPA hosted this webinar in partnership with experts, including Neil Cutler, who presented case studies from the Westchester Green Business Challenge.

Synergis contracted by global biotechnology company

Synergis will perform a Zero Waste audit for Life Technologies to verify their 90% diversion rate from landfill.

May 2012

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at Pleasanton Gateway shopping center.

Synergis will expand recycling services, introduce restaurant composting, and perform tenant training to reduce costs at this 110,000 sf shopping center in Pleasanton, CA.  

Second Annual Westchester Green Business Challenge Recognition Event

In addition to recognizing participating businesses, this event honored the companies most improved over the past year in a number of different green categories. The annual C.W. Brown Sustainability Award was established.

Click here for photos of the Recognition Event and a video showing the impressive sustainability practices at the C.W. Brown company. 


Green Business Challenge Webinar Series: NYSERDA Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Rebate Programs for Businesses, May 23, 2012

As a business owner who cares about sustainability and wants to decrease your energy use, you may sometimes feel hindered by the capital investment necessary to make energy upgrades to your facility. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help. Join us to learn about state incentive programs that can provide reimbursement, capital assistance and in some cases, even FREE services to help you assess and improve your facility's energy use. 

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

April 2012

Synergis contracted by SL Green to provide waste audits and improve recycling participation rates for Fairfield County buildings.

Synergis will be working with tenants, janitorial staff, and property management to improve material sorting and recycling participation at 500 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich and 1010 Washington Blvd in Stamford.

March 2012

Green Business Challenge Webinar Series:  How Unified Communications can Help Businesses Save Money and Reduce Energy Costs. Join us for a Webinar on March 1, 2012

As technology enables employees to be more productive and efficient, companies are beginning to make a conscious effort to extend those benefits to the care of the environment. These concerns will directly affect customer IT decisions related to the purchase of systems, services, and the selection of vendors that support the green IT movement.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

February 2012

Synergis provides support for Reckson/SL Green LEED Gold project.

Synergis conducted the comprehensive waste audit for this 384,000 sf, 12-story office building, helping the project to earn Gold in the LEED-EB category.  More project info here: http://nyrej.com/52817

Mastering the Green Business Challenge: How Industry Associations Can Help Members Go Green, February 16, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Antun’s of Westchester

Associations serve as learning communities where members share ideas, challenges and best practices. Learning what others are doing in your own industry and community to "go green" is a helpful way to adopt these strategies for your business.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

Green Business Challenge Webinar Series: The Direct Financial Benefits to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint & First Steps, Feb 9, 2012  Marc Karell, Climate Change & Environmental Services 

Some people think that the topics of climate change, sustainability, and being “green” are fads that have no business benefits. Real life experience has proven this stance to be wrong. It has now been documented that a number of large and small businesses have begun the journey to be “greener”, and have not only achieved “green” success, but also gained direct bottom line monetary benefits.

In this webinar, you will learn some of the basics of climate change, the 9 purely business reasons to go “green”, and prudent initial steps in establishing a program that have been shown to better ensure success and maximum financial benefits in reducing one’s carbon footprint.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

January 2012

Synergis enabled our shopping center clients to recycle/compost 1,944 tons of materials in 2011.

In 2011, our shopping center clients recycled or composted 1,944 tons of materials, and thereby avoided the production of 4,684 tons of greenhouse gases.

December 2011

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at Rivermark Village shopping center.

Synergis will expand recycling services and reduce costs at this 115,000 sf shopping center in Santa Clara, CA.  

November 2011

Green Business Challenge launches a new webinar series: EPA Portfolio Manager and the Westchester Green Business Challenge, Nov 15, 2011

Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows users to track and assess energy and water consumption across an entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.  The WGBC is helping current and future members track energy and water use in their facilities through ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tool.  Energy tracking is the first step innovative businesses are taking to identify opportunities for improvement, become more efficient, and, ultimately, save money.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

Synergis recycles 19,000 lbs of ceiling tile for office renovation.

Recycling this material into new ceiling tile avoided landfill disposal, provided recycled feedstock to manufacture new ceiling tiles, and saved our client over $4,000.

Mastering the Green Business Challenge: Tenants & Landlords – Best Green Practices, Nov 9, 2011  Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY

Tenants and landlords alike want to shift toward more sustainable commercial building practices but may not know where to start. Join us for a panel discussion to learn from tenants and landlords who are successfully addressing sustainability issues in their businesses and buildings. 

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here.

September 2011

Mastering the Westchester Green Business Challenge: Working Toward Your Goals
September 21, 2011 from 8 - 9:30 AM


Please join us as we kick-off the 2nd year of the Westchester Green Business Challenge. This educational series, sponsored by Con Edison, is designed to help your company, regardless of size, move down the path toward sustainability. Come and learn about our new web tool, measuring your progress, and getting help and advice.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentation here

July 2011

Green Business Challenge Receives Special Recognition from Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board

The Green Business Challenge, a program which Synergis jointly developed and manages, received special recognition for bringing together businesses in the green sector which develops green job opportunities for the future.

June 2011

First Annual Westchester Green Business Challenge Recognition Event

If you missed this event, you can view the presentations here.

This first annual event will recognize companies that have actively participated in the Green Business Challenge and distinguished themselves as green business leaders in Westchester County, NY. Learn More

May 2011

Synergis Program Reduces Waste by 42% for SL Green Property

Synergis provided the waste audit and tenant training to all tenants of this 200,000+ sf class A office property in the NY metro area. Waste was reduced by 42% through this process.

April 2011

Green Business Challenge Receives Award from Westchester County

The Green Business Challenge, a program which Synergis jointly developed and manages, received an award for its efforts in educating and encouraging local businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve operational efficiency and save money.

Introducing Synergis’ new Customer Service Representative – Joanne Lawson

Our new Customer Service representative, Joanne Lawson, will be providing support for all of our client projects.  Joanne will be coordinating garbage and recycling services at our client locations, as well as contractor bin requests.

Cheryl Shainmark to Provide Client Training for Synergis

Cheryl Shainmark, our Customer Service Representative for the past two years, will now be providing recycling training services to our New York area clients.

March 2011

Mastering the Westchester Green Business Challenge: Big Business and Sustainability. March 31st, 8 – 9:30 am

If you missed this event, you can view the presentations here

Westchester County is home to an impressive cluster of large corporations, many of which have a strong record of corporate sustainability.  Come to the fourth breakfast event in an educational series – sponsored by Con Edison – designed to help your company, regardless of size, move down the path toward sustainability.  The morning will include a panel discussion on strategies implemented by large businesses here in Westchester that can be embraced by any business large or small. The Gateway Center at Westchester Community College (75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY).

February 2011

Synergis contracted by SL Green to provide LEED EB waste audit for 350,000 sf NY metro area building.

Synergis will be providing the waste audit component for the LEED EB certification of this Class A office building.

Synergis contracted by SL Green to provide waste audits and improve recycling participation rates for 1.8M sf multi-tenant office properties in NY metro area.

Synergis will be working with tenants, janitorial staff, and property management to improve material sorting and recycling participation in this fourteen building project.

January 2011

Synergis recycled over 1.2 million pounds of construction material in 2010, saving our clients over $82,000. 

Our 2010 construction debris recycling program supported LEED projects, and reduced greenhouse gases by over 330 metric tons, while saving energy and conserving our supply of natural resources. 

Mastering the Westchester Green Business Challenge: Green Strategies for Small to Medium Size Businesses.

If you missed this event, you can view the presentations here

December 2010

Synergis contracted on LEED project to recycle 80,000 sf of carpet and raised flooring.

Synergis provided recycling collection and marketing services for 80,000 sf of commercial carpet tile and raised flooring, as part of a LEED office renovation project.  162 tons of material were recycled.

November 2010

Mastering the Westchester Green Business Challenge: Landlord and Tenant Best Green Practices

If you missed this workshop, you can view the presentations here.

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at The Shops at Waterford.

Synergis will expand recycling services and reduce costs at this 125,000 sf shopping center.  Composting service will also be added for restaurants.

Synergis increased recycling by 75% at Reckson/SL Green office property in NY Metro area.

Synergis provided program review and training to all tenants of this 200,000+ sf class A office property in the NY metro area.  Three months after the training, tenant recycling had increased by 75%.

October 2010

Synergis saved client over $29,000 in disposal costs on recently completed 80,000 sf office furnishings reuse/recycling project. 

Synergis reused or recycled 85% of the 204 tons of furnishings removed from this 80,000 sf office.  The project was completed under budget, and saved over $29,000 compared to traditional disposal costs.

September 2010

First Westchester Green Business Challenge workshop September 29 at CW Brown’s new LEED headquarters.

If you missed this workshop, you can view the presentations here

August 2010

Synergis contracted on 80,000 sf LEED office renovation to reuse or recycle 600+ cubicles.

Synergis has been contracted to reuse or recycle all the office furniture as Phase 1 of an 80,000 sf LEED office renovation.  We will be donating usable cubicles to non-profit organizations, and selling and/or recycling the balance.

July 2010

Westchester Green Business Challenge receives $20,000 sponsorship from ConEdison.  Synergis contracted for Phase 2 of program development.

Synergis renewed our contract with the Business Council of Westchester for the Westchester Green Business Challenge.  Phase 2 will include educational workshops, outreach to local business and industry groups and development of customized scorecards for landlords, tenants, owner-occupied facilities, and home-based businesses.

June 2010

Introducing Synergis’ new Bay Area Site Representative – Melissa Baxter.

Our new Site Representative, Melissa Baxter, will be monitoring all of our Bay Area project locations on a regular basis.  A graduate of San Diego State University, Melissa brings an environmental passion to her work, along with extensive experience in waste reduction, recycling and zero waste. Melissa will be working with our customers to ensure a thorough understanding of the recycling programs, and to help keep their programs running smoothly.

May 2010

Synergis recycled 66 tons of construction debris this month for our clients, saving them thousands of dollars.  

Projects included tenant space cleanout, remodeling and construction.  All of our clients saved money compared to discarding these materials as garbage.  We also prevented 66 tons of resources from being wasted, and instead, these materials will be turned into new products.

April 2010

Synergis is working with Reckson/SL Green to improve recycling programs at NY area office building.

Services at this 200,000+ sf office building include improving the kitchen and café recycling programs, as well as working with individual tenants to improve their participation in the building-wide recycling program.  The overall goal is to increase the recycling rate and reduce the amount of garbage generated.

March 2010

Synergis signs agreement with Colliers International to manage garbage and recycling services at the Sand Creek Crossing Shopping Center.  

The new program, beginning in April 2010, will expand recycling services and reduce garbage costs at this 241,000 sf center.  The current recycling program only accepts cardboard - the new expanded program will include paper and beverage containers.

February 2010

Synergis is now providing sustainability consulting to the Business Council of Westchester, to support their participation in the Westchester Green Business Challenge. 

Synergis now combines our waste reduction expertise with other local professionals to provide sustainability consulting services to area businesses and not-for-profits.  Organizations benefit with lower operating costs and greener facilities. 

January 2010

Synergis recycled over 1 million pounds of construction debris in 2009, including two LEED projects, while reducing greenhouse gases by over 270 metric tons.

Recycling construction debris also saved our clients $25,000 compared to disposal costs.  When these materials are made into new products – they save energy and conserve our supply of natural resources. 

Synergis renews Harbor Bay Landing contract – reducing trash costs by $56,000/year.

Synergis renewed its contract to manage the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center recycling and solid waste program.  This 116,000 square foot retail and office center recycles 43% of its discarded material, and saves $56,000 per year on disposal costs.

December 2009

Synergis developed the newly launched Westchester Green Business Challenge at http://climatechange.westchestergov.com/.  

The Westchester Green Business Challenge was launched this month. Synergis developed this program for the Business Council of Westchester and Westchester County.  The Challenge provides tools to local business to enable them to operate more sustainably and reduce their generation of greenhouse gases. 40 companies have already registered to take the Challenge!