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 Herman Miller’s rePurpose program, a partnership with Green Standards. With rePurpose, 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 benefitted from Citi’s use of the repurpose program.
The rePurpose program 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, Ltd, Herman Miller’s partner in developing rePurpose, 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.