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What is a Carbon Footprint?

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on January 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Categories: Sustainability

The word carbon footprint is floated around the media every so often.  So, what does it mean?  It’s hard to understand it when you can’t see it, but the idea behind it is pretty simple: almost all of our daily activities cause emissions of greenhouse gases—from turning on a light, to using the elevator, to eating beef […]

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Best Indoor Plants for the Office

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on January 5, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Categories: Sustainability

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’ve probably made a New Year’s resolution to be healthier by eating better and exercising. Well, here’s another way to be healthier without having to sweat and lay off the chocolate–get a desk plant! You sit at your desk for roughly 8 hours a day, so why not […]

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Winterize Your Apartment or Home

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on December 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Categories: Sustainability

Whether you’re ready for it or not, winter is coming. Cozy up to the cold by following some of these simple tips to keep the warmth where you want it and money in your pocket!   Run fans in reverse. Turn your ceiling fan’s switch to run clockwise (from your perspective), which helps to circulate the […]

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8 Ways to Green Your Laundry

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on October 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Categories: Sustainability

    We all love clean clothes, but doing the laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might think. The good news–by simply changing a few of your laundry habits, there’s huge potential to reduce your personal energy and water use, which is better for your wallet, your wardrobe and the planet. […]

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Eco-Friendly Drinking

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on October 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

Categories: Sustainability

From growing the ingredients, to how it’s packaged, transported and refrigerated, the beverages you drink can have a significant environmental impact. Check out our tips below to see how you can help reduce this impact. Look for local. Not only are local ingredients fresher but they also cut down on transportation emissions. When you’re craving […]

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Switching to Foam Soap

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on September 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Categories: Sustainability

Macmillan Sustainability: What’s with the Foam? We recently installed foam soap dispensers in all of the kitchens at the Flatiron Building. While this might seem like a small change, it has a big impact when it comes the environment. By switching to a foam dispenser, we’re using 70% less soap, which means we’re washing less chemicals […]

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Toner Recycling at Macmillan

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on September 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Categories: Sustainability

Macmillan Sustainability: Recycling Toner Cartridges We go through a lot of toner and ink cartridges, as you can imagine. So to make sure that these cartridges are being properly disposed of, we have put orange buckets in every major copy room in the Flatiron Building. Empty toner and ink cartridges are placed in here after […]

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Saving Water, Flush by Flush

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on August 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

Categories: Sustainability

Macmillan Sustainability: Saving Water with Dual Flush Toilets The Flatiron Building uses around ONE MILLION gallons of water to flush our toilets each year. To reduce this waste of fresh water, we have installed dual flush handles on toilets in the Flatiron Building. This retrofit will help us reduce our annual toilet water use by […]

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Moving Without the Waste

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on August 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

Categories: Sustainability

Macmillan Sustainability Tip: Moving Without the Waste Moving is on the bottom of everyone’s fun list, including the environment’s. People spend a lot of money buying brand-new cardboard boxes, only to throw them away after one use. Taking the extra step to recycle them is good, but reusing is best. For your next move, consider […]

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Vampire Energy

Posted by Macmillan Sustainability Team on July 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

Categories: Sustainability

Macmillan Sustainability Tips: Vampire Power Sucks (Electricity, That Is)! It’s estimated that 5% of electricity in the U.S. is wasted on products that are turned off but still plugged in. This is called “vampire power” or “phantom load”. If Macmillan were able to reduce its electricity usage by JUST THIS 5%, it would save 80,000 […]

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