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Industry: Manufacturing, Pulp & Paper
Atlanta Corporate HQ Revitalization

While revitalizing the GP Center’s 520,000 square feet of office space, Georgia-Pacific partnered with Green Standards to manage and plan the sustainable office decommission of 700+ tons of furniture and equipment. The Blue Sky project achieved 95% landfill diversion while providing in-kind donations to 60+ non-profits in Metro Atlanta.

Georgia-Pacific Sustainable Office Decommission

Beneficiary Highlight:

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Each program participant is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to develop life skills.

“On behalf of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta Georgia. We want to assure Green Standards and Georgia-Pacific from my heart to yours. Thank you so very much. Gently used furniture artwork, desks, chairs and a vast array of items will find new homes in the Atlanta community.”

Major Michael Vincent, ARC Administrator
Salvation Army

Michael Vincent of Salvation Army

The Objective

With renovations to their corporate headquarters in progress, Georgia-Pacific’s project and real estate teams were looking for a sustainable and cost effective way to decommission 24 floors of office space in advance of building out more collaborative workspaces for their employees.

The Challenge

The Blue Sky Project was an opportunity for Georgia-Pacific to modernize their current headquarters with renovations ongoing in 4 phases. At the same time, there was a significant amount of older furniture that would not fit into their new plans and it was important to them to find beneficial reuse in the community in which they operate.

With thousands of items being removed in each phase, Georgia-Pacific needed a turnkey solution provider that would expedite the decommission process while identifying and facilitating suitable beneficiary partners.

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Landfill Diversion

Asset Recovery

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Turnkey Service

“We talk about the four Rs, which is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. It takes it beyond the traditional three Rs and really puts some focus on being thoughtful about what we’re doing. By combining donation, resale and recycling strategies Green Standards has helped us to virtually eliminate waste.”

John Mulcahy
Vice-President, Sustainability

The 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. It also provided documentation and in-depth environmental and social impact reporting to help Georgia-Pacific capture and review the outcome of the sustainable office decommission project.

Zoo Atlanta Receives Furniture Donations From Georgia-Pacific

Furniture donations worth more than $10,000 were made to Zoo Atlanta.

The Results

Through our program, Georgia-Pacific kept 744.5 tons of surplus office furniture and equipment in use, with a landfill diversion rate of 95.7% across all project phases. To date, Green Standards has facilitated in-kind donations worth $315,456 to 64 non-profits and charitable organizations in Metro Atlanta, including The Salvation Army and Zoo Atlanta

“Zoo Atlanta is a conservation based organization, so it’s important that we make sustainability of our own operation a top priority. Whether it’s for wildlife or for people, we thank Georgia-Pacific and Green Standards for enabling this to happen”

Raymond B King
President and CEO
Zoo Atlanta

Asset Distribution (by weight)

  • Resale
  • Donation
  • Recycling
  • Relocation
  • Landfill

Project Recap & Achievements

  • 520,000 Square Feet of Corporate Real-Estate
  • 24 floors of office space at GP Center
  • Cost-competitive to conventional solutions
  • 95% (744 tons) Landfill Diversion
  • CO2e Offset of 2,100 Metric Tons
  • $315,456 of In-Kind Donations to Non-Profits
  • 64 Metro Atlanta Non-Profits received donations
  • Beneficiaries reported more functional, and safe working environments
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