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Oct 13, 2021 – Nearly 90% of executives plan to shift their office real-estate strategies in the next year as they go fully or partially remote, according to a recent PwC survey. This includes consolidating office space and opening smaller locations. Green Standards, which has worked with General Motors, United Airlines, and Expedia Group, uses an assessment to decide whether reselling or donating an office’s items is the best fit.(Business Insider)
Aug 3rd, 2021 – Reducing office footprints can reduce carbon footprints, but that, too, comes with caveats. To achieve a hybrid model, companies are closing offices or redesigning them to accommodate fewer workers: Nearly three-quarters of Fortune 500 CEOs expect to downsize office space post-pandemic. But many executives may fail to consider the climate cost of downsizing, said Trevor Langdon, president of environmental firm Green Standards. (The Guardian)
Earth Day 2021: Cigna and Green Standards Partnership is Helping Our Environment and Our Communities
Apr 22nd, 2021 – Cigna makes Earth Day commitment to reduce environmental footprint and help communities. Through this partnership, Green Standards will keep Cigna’s surplus office furniture and equipment in use and out of the landfill through resale, recycling and in-kind donations locally. (Cigna Newsroom)
Apr 21st, 2021 – When redesigning their Vancouver office with more inclusivity and flexibility in mind, Hootsuite, a leading social media management company, partnered with Green Standards to ensure any desks, chairs and monitors that wouldn’t be needed would find a second life in their community. (Hootsuite Blog)
Apr 13th, 2021 – Green Standards is ecstatic to be recognized again as one of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2021 after appearing on FT’s list in 2020. For the second straight year, Green Standards ranked in the top 250 companies and second overall in the Waste Management and Recycling category. (Financial Times)
Apr 5th, 2021 – The partnership between Expedia Group and Green Standards resulted in the management, removal and repurposing of more than 834 tons of surplus office assets like chairs, desks, tables and file storage from those offices alone. (Waste Advantage Magazine)
Mar 26, 2021 – David Louie of ABC7 covers Green Standards and our efforts to reduce furniture waste globally. This segment features San Jose non-profit POSSO and the furniture donations they received through our local client. (ABC7 News)
Feb 18th, 2021 – Celebrated for leadership, transparency, and commitment to sustainable business practices, Green Standards have won SEAL’s Environmental Initiative Award for the third straight year. (SEAL Awards)
Jan 13, 2021 – Green Standards wins the Real Leaders Impact Award for our circular economy-inspired office solution, joining other top impact companies. (Real Leaders)
Dec 18th, 2020 – Green Standards joins Tim Stanovec to discuss the issue of furniture waste and how our solution helps Fortune 500 companies donate, resell, and recyle what they won’t be reusing. (Bloomberg QuickTake)
Oct 26th, 2020 – CoreNet Global recognizes Green Standards as winner of the prestigious H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award (GIA) for professional excellence and sustainable leadership in corporate real estate. (CoreNet Global)
Sept 28th, 2020 – Organisations and businesses need inspiration to take part in the circular transition. In the lead up to the WCEFonline, Sitra set out to discover some of the most inspiring circular economy ideas around the globe. The result is an extensive list containing 39 inspiring circular economy solutions. (Sitra)
Sept 25th, 2020 – For the second consecutive year, Green Standards is proud to have placed among Canada’s Top Growing Companies with a three-year revenue growth of 279%. (The Globe & Mail)
Aug 24th, 2020 – Multiplying Good recognizes Green Standards for helping to meet the needs of others – making a difference by using service as a solution to the problems we’re facing. (Multiplying Good)
Apr 6th, 2020 – Financial Times recognizes Green Standards as one of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies in 2020. A special report was available in print as part of the May 12th, 2020 edition of the Financial Times. (Financial Times)
Jan 16th, 2020 – The transformation came about when Georgia-Pacific partnered with Green Standards to find ways to reduce waste from the renovation of their corporate headquarters. Numerous Atlanta-area non-profit benefited from in-kind donations of furniture and equipment that helped these organizations upgrade their facilities. (Georgia-Pacific News)
Nov 19th, 2019 – CoreNet Global’s Canadian Chapter recognizes Green Standards with the CSR Leadership Award, as exemplified through work with multiple corporate partners and the social and environmental impact of these office decommission projects.(CoreNet Global)
Nov 13th, 2019 – Green Standards’ president, Trevor Langdon joined a team of panelists speaking to delegates from universities across Canada, exploring and discussing business solutions to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the world. (eoguelph.ca)
Nov 10th, 2019 – Sustainable office decommissioning is great for businesses AND the planet: Green Standards works to help businesses, like Adobe, United Airlines, and Georgia Pacific, sustainably repurpose their office furniture through a combination of resale, recycling and in-kind donations – and they are doing a lot of it. (cleantechnica.com)
Sept 12th, 2019 – Green Standards makes the annual Growth 500 list for the 3rd straight year among Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. (growth500.ca)
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)
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)
July 12, 2018 – Since its launch in 2009, Toronto-based Green Standards Ltd. has built its business on finding new homes for surplus furniture, whether by donating, reselling or recycling. Working with large North American corporations such as Google, United Airlines, GM and Rogers Communications they have diverted 40,000+ tons from landfill (98.6% landfill diversion rate) across 1500+ projects. (Rogers.com)
TELUS Shines Light on Furniture Waste and its Partnership with Green Standards in 2018 Sustainability Report
May 3, 2018 – 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 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.com)
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)
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)
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)
November 29, 2016 – There were tons — hundreds of tons, actually — of stuff that had to go and the software giant could see that it would be moving stuff out for as far into the future as it could predict. (BizJournals)
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. (Environmental Leader)
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. (Great-West Life)
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)
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)
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)
Dec 2nd, 2019 – Green Standards wins big at the 2019 REmmy Award Gala being recognized with the CSR Leadership Award – exemplified through our work with multiple corporate partners for the positive social and environmental impact of these projects.
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
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