Citi has aggressive goals for reducing its carbon footprint; keeping unneeded furniture out of landfills helps toward reaching their targets.
“We’re in the cities and towns of the customers we serve,” says John Sklet, senior vice president, Citi Realty Services, Global Projects Group. “As members of these communities, we’re committed to being socially and environmentally responsible.”
Refreshing the furnishings at its branch offices in the Washington DC/Maryland area has given Citi an opportunity to further that commitment. “We wanted to be sure that the existing chairs, desks, and files were put to good use, and not put in landfills,” says Sklet.
Citi found its solution in Green Standards sustainable asset management program. With Green Standards, businesses not only keep their furniture, supplies, and equipment from the landfill, they also help their communities by donating those assets to area schools, nonprofits, and health facilities that are in need of additional resources. For example, Habitat for Humanity and the Sojourner Academy, an inner-city school, have both benefited from Citi’s use of the program.
The re-distribution solution helps Citi in another way. “We want to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible,” says Sklet, citing Citi’s goal of reducing its overall carbon footprint by 10 percent by 2011. “This helps us in that effort.” Green Standards ensures that everything is taken care of properly, professionally, and transparently. Providing a fully managed, turnkey service, it coordinates and carries out product removal and redistribution and provides full documentation, tracking, and title transfers.
About Green Standards Ltd.
A Circular Economy-Inspired Office Solution
Millions of tons of office furniture and equipment are sent to landfill each year in North America. We’re here to change that. By working with forward-thinking corporations we’re able to recover usable resources and repurpose valuable products to the benefit of businesses, the environment and communities across North America.
Our sustainable decommission program has diverted 59,000+ tons of surplus furniture and equipment from landfill and donated more than $29 million worth of in-kind donations to 5,000+ non-profits across North America since inception.
The 59,000+ tons diverted equals more than 172,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions reduced with a 98.6% landfill diversion rate on more than 1500 projects.
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