Pension Plans, Corporate Real Estate
OMERS prioritizes sustainability and waste reduction through a partnership with Green Standards to divert no longer needed furniture and equipment from landfill through donations to non-profit agencies in Toronto.
LANDFILL DIVERSION RATE (491.5 TONS)
EMPLOYEES WORTH OF FURNITURE
SQUARE FEET OF OFFICES
METRIC TONS OF CO2e EMISSIONS AVOIDED
OMERS was consolidating 3 offices into a single newly constructed tower. When they moved to their new head office they needed furniture that supported more collaboration, but didn’t want their old materials to go to waste. With over 1400 employees being relocated, it created the need for a more complex, multi-channeled disposition strategy.
As part of the transition, they strived 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 was focusing efforts on getting their employees settled in the new space and lacked the time and resources to sustainably manage the decommission process.
“It was a complete turnkey solution, meaning that we simply contacted Green Standards and they took the exercise from there and were able to assure us that the furniture would not end up in the landfill.”
Head of Real Estate Management
By combining donation, resale, and recycling strategies with turnkey project management, Green Standards maximized asset recovery, streamlined community donation, and virtually eliminated waste.
Green Standards took responsibility for 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 OMERS capture and review the outcome of the project.
By working with our Circular Economy-Inspired program, OMERS was able to repurpose valuable products with a 99% landfill diversion rate on 400+ tons of surplus assets. The majority of items – including tables, desks, chairs, shelves, fridges, and dishwashers – were either resold, recycled or donated, reducing costs, while benefiting the environment and local community groups.
The MukiBaum Accessibility Centre is 1 of 17 beneficiaries that received furniture and equipment donations from OMERS. MukiBaum provides inclusive, community-focused support to children and adults with autism and/or other complex developmental disabilities and their families.
“Thank you for the truly amazing donation of key furniture! The individual work tables, file storage and chairs will go immediately to use by our staff and the participants of the program. As a non-profit as well as an NGO, these fantastic donations directly help us in continuing to support the people we serve and their families.”
Senior Coordinator of Operations and Programming, MukiBaum