In the News
April 11th, 2019 – As the popularity of disposable flatpack furniture has risen, so too has the amount of furniture waste. Green Standards is helping Fortune 500 companies and startups donate, resell, or recycle their office furniture. (curbed.com)
December 7th, 2018 – CBC News features Green Standards in weekly What On Earth? newsletter bringing further attention to the furniture waste issue in North America. (CBC)
November 15th, 2018 – CoreNet Global’s Canadian Chapter recognized Green Standards with the coveted Corporate Citizen Award for its Green Workplace Decommission Program, as exemplified through a major 2017 project with OMERS and Oxford Properties. (CoreNet)
November 13th, 2018 – Green Standards received a 2018 SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for exemplary waste diversion efforts on corporate real estate projects. (SEALAWARDS.com)
September 27th, 2018 – Canada’s 2019 Clean50 winners include Green Standards’ Trevor Langdon as a Clean16 leader in the Primary Resources category. Trevor joins 49 individuals from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. (clean50.com)
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. (OMERS.com)
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 of PNC’s furniture donations to schools in Pittsburgh. (PNC.com)
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 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 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)
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 13, 2016 – With a 500% revenue gain in five years, Green Standards finds this overlooked niche has legs. (Financial Post)
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)
November 28, 2016 – How organizations are tackling office waste resulting from moves, renovations and transitions by decommissioning their facilities. (Globe and Mail)
November 23, 2016 – This circular-economy project not only diverts waste from landfills but is also expected to benefit about 100 Michigan-based community organizations. (Environmental Leader)
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)
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)
March 24, 2016 – Office decommissioning has the potential to generate huge amounts of waste — or to recycle and divert potential waste from landfills while investing in the community.(www.environmentalleader.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 forces to bring benefits to local charities, reduced their environmental footprint, and recaptured some of the assets’ residual values. (www.carbon49.com)
March 09, 2016 – Project: ONE provided more than $150,000 worth of in-kind donations to 24 local non-profit organizations – including Christine Meikle School, which received hundreds of pieces of office furniture including computer desks, chairs, bookshelves, and filing cabinets.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Sept 27, 2018 – Green Standards and our team of environmental stewards proudly congratulates its leader, Trevor Langdon, for being recognized as the 2019 Clean16 leader in the “Primary Resources” category of Canada;s Clean50 Awards.
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.
May 5, 2015 – Frost Rejuvenates the Workspaces of Local Nonprofits Through In-kind Donations of More Than $117,000
Green Standards specializes in the responsible and cost-effective redistribution of surplus and obsolete durable goods, including office furniture, fixtures, supplies, and IT equipment.
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