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Turning Waste Into Change: OMERS Donates Furniture

March 15th, 2018 – OMERS was consolidating 3 offices into a single newly constructed tower. As part of the transition, they partnered with Green Standards to responsibly decommission 400,000 square feet of office space, to ensure excess furniture and equipment would be kept out of landfill and channeled into local communities. (

8.5 million tons of office furniture waste sent to landfill each year

A Hidden Waste Stream: 9 Million Tons of Office Furniture Goes to Landfill Annually

November 7, 2017 – Consider ways to responsibly manage your waste through a circular economy-inspired approach. Although liquidation can seem like the easiest option, it most often leads to landfill. When you donate, resell, and recycle, you’re keeping assets in use, giving them new life to someone in need and turning your waste into change. (cleantechnica)

Green Standards Reaches $20 Million Worth of In-Kind Donation to Non-Profits Across the US and Canada

October 5, 2017 – A Circular Economy-Inspired Office Solution diverts 35K tons of furniture waste from landfill while reaching $20 Million worth of in-kind donations. Office equipment continues to be thought of as waste due to a lack of understanding and foresight from large organizations.  (Today In Business)

Students Benefit From a Better Learning Environment Through PNC Bank and Green Standards Partnership

August 10, 2017 – Since 2016, PNC Bank and Green Standards have collaborated on several office decommissions, achieving nearly 100% landfill diversion and benefiting dozens of non-profits. This feature examines the impact that PNC furniture donations have had on schools in Pittsburgh. (

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. (

GM and Green Standards Collaborate on Detroit Waste Diversion Efforts

March 15, 2017 – Many of GM’s sprawling offices and research centers 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)

GM Campus Decommissioning Diverts 99.7% of Office Assets from Landfill

March 14, 2017 – Since 2016, General Motors and Green Standards’ have successfully diverted 99.7% of GM’s furniture and equipment from the landfill and benefited more than 30 non-profit organizations. (Environmental Leader)

How Companies are Addressing the Issue of F-Waste

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)

Green Standards Saves Furniture From Landfills

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)

The F-Waste Problem and How Companies Can Solve It

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)

F-waste is the Problem Corporations Didn’t Know They Had

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)

Detroit to Debut Mixed-Use Urban Agrihood

December 6, 2016 – The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) debuts America’s first sustainable urban agrihood with support from Sustainable Brands, BASF, General Motors and Green Standards. (Mother Nature Network)

Decommissions Divert Office Debris from Landfill

November 28, 2016 – How organizations are tackling office waste resulting from moves, renovations and transitions by decommissioning their facilities.  (Globe and Mail)

General Motors Office Furniture Skips Landfill, Heads to Non-Profits

November 21, 2016 – GM to repurpose tens of thousands of items and create $1 million of in-kind donations to local non-profits. (The Detroit News)

Circular Economy Reuses, Recycles — and Generates Revenue

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)

When Companies Move or Renovate, How Do they Dispose of Office Furniture & Equipment?

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. (

Great-West Life Features Green Standards in its 2015 Annual Sustainability Report (PDF)

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. (

Green-Office-Carbon-49Chevron and EllisDon Achieve 95% Landfill Diversion with Green Standards

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. (

Mardi-Chestermere_CS-PhotoChestermere Food Bank sitting pretty after Enbridge office renovations

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)

Telus-Headquarters-2015TELUS and Green Standards Partner to Responsibly Decommission Office Spaces Across Canada

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. (

5696cf474a52d.imageRepurposing Decommissioned Office Furniture & Equipment

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)

CPM-Feature-ImageOffice properties set high ‘Green Standards’

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. (

SEE-Change-ImageGreen Standards Gives New Social Value to Old Office Assets via SEE Change Magazine

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. (

BCE-CSR-ReportBCE Highlights Partnership with Green Standards in 2014 CSR Report (PDF 8.3 MB)

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)

takeoff-greenstandards00sr2Globe & Mail Tells the Green Standards Story

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)

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The Tremendous Economic Loss in Old Office Furniture via

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? (

GWL-Report-PhotoGreat-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)

First-Services_Waste-Not_ImageFirstService Residential Discusses its Partnership with Green Standards (PDF 2.5MB)

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)

Office-Furniture-StorageCFC Newsletter: Corporate North America’s Unseen Environmental and Capital Cost

Winter 2014For 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. (

Office Right After Repair - Moving InLegal Times Discusses Edwards Wildman’s Furniture Donation

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)

Pratt and Whitney EnginesPratt & Whitney Canada donates furniture to non-profits in the Greater Toronto Area

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)

Furniture decommissionEdwards Wildman Donates Over $25,000 in Furniture to Chicago Non-Profits

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)

Press Releases

Green Standards Reaches $20 Million Worth of In-Kind Donation to Non-Profits Across the US and Canada

October 6, 2017 – Green Standards, a specialized environmental firm that helps corporations responsibly manage their excess furniture and equipment, announced that it has worked with clients to donate more than $20 million worth of office furniture, equipment, appliances, artwork, and supplies to over 3,300 non-profits across the US and Canada since its founding in 2009.

Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit

March 14, 2017 – Green Standards 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.

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.

Frost and Green Standards Share $100,000 in In-Kind Donations with Non-Profits

May 5, 2015 – Frost Rejuvenates the Workspaces of Local Nonprofits Through In-kind Donations of More Than $117,000

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