Transforming campuses and communities with General Motors

INDUSTRY
Motor Vehicles Manufacturing

COMPANY SIZE
155,000

HEADQUARTERS
Detroit, Michigan

Since 2016, Green Standards’ partnership with GM has diverted 7,000+ tons of surplus furniture from landfill while making in-kind donations of more than $1,000,000 to 102 non-profits through the sustainable decommission of multiple corporate campuses in Michigan, spanning millions of square feet.

truck sending furniture to landfill

LANDFILL DIVERSION RATE (7,111.7 TONS)

0%

Saving money

IN-KIND DONATIONS

$0+

Green Standards provides free furniture donations to registered non-profits

NON-PROFIT BENEFICIARIES

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Green Standards donates office chairs to non-profits and charitable organizations

EMPLOYEES WORTH OF FURNITURE

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SQUARE FEET OF OFFICES

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METRIC TONS OF GHG OFFSET

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Challenge

General Motors is in the process of transforming their corporate campuses and work environments to foster collaboration among employees. They partnered with Green Standards to repurpose tens of thousands of pieces of office furniture and equipment that would no longer have a home at their headquarters, campuses, and facilities. The goal was to keep these surplus items in use through in-kind donation, to the benefit of more than 100 Michigan-based community organizations.

With planned renovations at General Motors’ Technical Center in Warren, the Proving Ground in Milford, and global headquarters in Detroit, GM required a turnkey solution provider to manage the decommission process at several locations.

“This reuse program enables us to reduce our environmental footprint while making a positive contribution to our community.”

David Talauskas

Director of Sustainability

General Motors

Solution

Green Standards managed the entire process, including the dismantling, removal and relocation of each item, and coordinating between the movers, buyers, local non-profits and specialized recyclers. We also provided documentation and in-depth environmental and social impact reporting to help General Motors capture and review the outcome of the sustainable office decommission projects.

Renaissance Center

Result

Through our program, General Motors kept 7,112 tons of surplus office furniture and equipment in use, with a landfill diversion rate of 99.9% across all project phases. To date, Green Standards has facilitated in-kind donations worth $1,075,450 to 102 non-profits and charitable organizations in Michigan.

Our continuing work with General Motors benefits the many communities in which they operate, reduces landfill, and helps build a circular economy.

Asset Distribution

Resale

Donation

Recycling

Relocation

Landfill

Beneficiary Spotlight

Cody High School

“Our schools very much needed the items that were so generously donated as it will enable us to focus more on programming. Thank you for your donation!”

William Coleman, CFO – Detroit Community Schools

In the media

GM Office Furniture Skips Landfill, Heads to Non-Profits ↗

The Detroit News

In the Media
General Motors and Green Standards Partner for Landfill-Free Solution to Office Transformation ↗

GM Newsroom

In the Media
How Toronto-based Green Standards is helping GM divert 2,000 tons of furniture from landfills ↗

Financial Post

In the Media
GM Campus Decommissioning Diverts 99.7% of Office Assets from Landfill ↗

Environmental Leader

In the Media
How Companies are Addressing the Issue of F-Waste ↗

Waste 360

In the Media
Detroit to Debut Mixed-Use Urban Agrihood ↗

Mother Nature Network

In the Media

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