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TELUS Shines Light on Furniture Waste and its Partnership with Green Standards in 2016 Sustainability Report
May 3, 2017 – Long-time partner and Canadian sustainability leader, TELUS, demonstrates leadership and creativity in its furniture waste reduction efforts and shares the positive impact it has had on communities across Canada since the partnership began in 2012. (TELUS.com)
March 15, 2017 – Many of GM’s sprawling offices and research centers, from its downtown Detroit headquarters to the iconic mid-century Technical Center designed by Eero Saarinen, are in the midst of a makeover. The result is heaps of office furniture and other building materials that could end up in Michigan landfills, which would complicate the company’s recent push to go zero-waste. (Triple Pundit)
March 14, 2017 – Since its launch in 2016, General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards’ partnership has successfully diverted 99.7% of GM’s furniture and equipment from the landfill and benefited more than 30 non-profit organizations. (Environmental Leader)
March 09, 2017 – To combat the estimated 8.5 million ton annual trash problem, companies across the globe are developing innovative programs and initiatives to divert f-waste from landfill.(Waste360)
January 19, 2017 – Bloomberg’s Pat Kiernan features Green Standards’ general manager, Trevor Langdon, to discuss what happens to outdated office furniture and equipment. (Bloomberg)
December 22, 2016 – In the U.S. alone, over 17 billion pounds of office furniture and equipment is sent to landfill every year. This waste is typically a result of necessary changes like moving, branch closures or revitalization projects. The furniture needs to be removed or replaced but it is what’s being done with the furniture or, “F”, waste that is the problem. (Huffington Post)
December 6, 2016 – We’ve all heard of e-waste, and companies like to brag how they’re dealing with it. But what about the next letter in the alphabet? Why don’t businesses deal with “f-waste” – furniture and equipment turned refuse – as conscientiously as they do e-waste? (The Guardian)
December 6, 2016 – The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) debuts America’s first sustainable urban agrihood with support from Sustainable Brands, BASF, General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards. (Mother Nature Network)
November 28, 2016 – How organizations are tackling office waste resulting from moves, renovations and transitions by decommissioning their facilities. (Globe and Mail)
November 21, 2016 – GM partners with Herman Miller and Green Standards to repurpose tens of thousands of items and create $1 million of in-kind donations to local non-profits. (The Detroit News)
August 24, 2016 – Toronto-based Green Standards finds new homes for old office furniture at non-profits who welcome old desks, work stations and office chairs. Unlike many environmental organizations, Green Standards has found a way to turn “reduce, reuse, recycle” into a workable business model. (Toronto Star)
July 5, 2016 – Richard Beaumont of Green Standards discusses the challenge and opportunity presented by surplus office furniture and equipment — and what Chevron was able to achieve. (www.environmentalleader.com)
June 20, 2016 – Green Standards and Marathon Oil successfully divert more than 260 tons of potential waste and create $192,244 worth of in-kind donation in 2015. (www.marathonoil.com)
May 14, 2016 – Green Standards and Great-West Life successfully divert more than 30 metric tons of potential waste and create $37,000 worth of in-kind donation in 2015. (www.greatwestlife.com)
April 26, 2016 – Chevron, EllisDon, and Green Standards joined force to bring benefits to local charities, reduced their environmental footprint, and recaptured some of the assets’ residual values. (www.carbon49.com)
March 14, 2016 – When the Chestermere Food Bank moved its headquarters a year ago this month, they barely had a chair to sit on. But thanks to a partnership between energy giant Enbridge and Green Standards, a company that helps find new life for surplus office furniture and equipment, the non-profit east of Calgary is sitting pretty. (Calgary Sun)
February 4, 2016 – Green Standards and TELUS, Canada’s fastest growing telecommunications provider, have worked together since 2012 to decommission office spaces across the country, including spaces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. (globe-net.com)
January 13, 2016 – Millions of tons of office furniture and equipment is send to the landfill each year. Green Standards has a solution. (Sustainable City Network)
November 26, 2015 – In 2013, when TELUS was looking to meet its targeted environmental goals, the company increased its effort to bring in potential partners, engage recycling companies and non-profits, and document their sustainable initiatives. (www.reminetwork.com)
October 26, 2015 – Green Standards is trying to change the way corporations perceive office assets, and the Toronto-based firm is developing a unique business model in the process—one that’s socially and environmentally conscious, yet tailored to business objectives. (www.seechangemagazine.com)
October 26, 2015 – Since the partnership began in 2011, Bell has diverted 98% of its surplus office furniture from landfill—97 tonnes in all. The overall value of the in-kind donations since then is $192,720 (Bell Canada Enterprises)
July 17, 2015 – That successful meeting marked a turning point for Green Standards, which started out as a small grassroots social enterprise matching discarded office furniture with local charities. (Globe & Mail)
July 7th, 2015 – Office furniture, as innocuous as it seems, poses an major challenge for unsuspecting businesses. What do you do with it all when you move? (www.triplepundit.com)
July 7th, 2015 – In the U.S., we began working with Green Standards, a specialized sustainability firm that resells, recycles and donates surplus office equipment and materials to reduce waste and support community organizations. (Marathon Oil Corporation)
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Share Their Work with Green Standards in Annual Statement (PDF 1.4MB)
April 2015 – Since December 2009, we have completed 68 sustainability projects with Green Standards, a vendor that collects and redistributes these items. Through our 2014 projects, we diverted 81 tons of refuse from landfill, resulting in more than $93,000 of in-kind donations to charitable organizations. (The Great-West Life Assurance Company)
Spring 2015 – This past summer, when FirstService Residential consolidated its previous two office locations into a single headquarters, they decided to do the right thing and spare our fragile planet the burden of taking on any more fax machines, chairs and filing cabinets. How did they do it? (FirstService Residential Connections)
Winter 2014 – For many professionals in Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate, the issue of what to do with surplus office furniture and equipment is nothing new. It’s one of the many challenges that come with managing millions of square feet of office space. (www.ifmacfc.org)
November 26, 2014 – Edwards Wildman Palmer diverted old office furniture in Washington to three D.C. metro nonprofit groups in an attempt to avoid throwing the pieces away when the firm recently moved from 1255 23rd St. N.W to 1875 Eye St. N.W. (Legal Times)
September 23, 2013 – Through their participation in Partners in Project Green’s Material Exchange Program, Pratt & Whitney Canada connected with Green Standards to find reuse opportunities for $57,925 worth of office furniture. (GTAA Partners in Project Green)
August 21, 2012 – Edwards Wildman is pleased to announce that it has donated approximately $26,000 in office furniture to 12 non-profit organizations in Chicago. (Locke Lord LLP)
Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit
March 14, 2017 – Green Standards, Herman Miller and GM reach 1,500 tons diverted from landfill and benefit 30 nonprofits, including the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. Green Standards donates $4,500 to support MUFI’s sustainable urban agrihood launch.
Herman Miller and Green Standards Join Corporate Partners and Sustainable Brands® to Debut America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood in Detroit
November 30, 2016 – Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to unveil renovated community facilities at Sustainable Brands ‘17 Detroit conference with support from GM, BASF, Herman Miller and Green Standards.
General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards Partner for Landfill-Free Solution to Office Transformation
November 21, 2016 – General Motors partners with Herman Miller and Green Standards to strengthen communities by repurposing office assets into $1 million of in-kind donations.
Enbridge and Green Standards help Calgary non-profits with more than $100,000 worth of furniture and equipment.
March 9, 2016 – Enbridge and Green Standards create over $100,000 worth of community investment by repurposing used furniture and equipment from headquarters renovation.
May 5, 2015 – Frost Rejuvenates the Workspaces of Local Nonprofits Through In-kind Donations of More Than $117,000
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