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OMERS Turns Waste Into Change In Toronto

OMERS Turns Waste Into Change in Toronto

In the Fall of 2017, OMERS consolidated 3 offices into a newly constructed LEED Platinum building. As part of the transition, they partnered with Green Standards to recover usable resources to support 17 Toronto based non-profits with renewed spaces that they would not have attained otherwise.

When a corporation empties or renovates an office space, much of the interior assets – supplies, appliances, computers – end up in the landfill.  This prematurely ends the life cycle of valuable resources and produces greenhouse gases over time.  In 2017, Green Standards turned 8,000+ tons of unwanted furniture and equipment into $2.5 million worth of in-kind donations to more than 400 non-profits and community organizations across North America.

By working with our sustainable decommission 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.

  • 600+ Workstations
  • 300+ Tables
  • 200+ Private Offices
  • 1000+ Chairs

OMERS Challenges

When OMERS 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 the current unpredictable and saturated used furniture market limiting asset resale, it created the need for a more complex, multi-channel disposition strategy.

Innovation

By combining donation, resale, and recycling strategies with turnkey project management, Green Standards maximizes asset recovery, streamlines community donation, and virtually eliminates waste with industry leading sustainable solutions. It’s this innovative approach that generates value for businesses, communities and the environment.

OMERS is just one Toronto based example of the corporate sustainability initiatives led by Green Standards this past year. There were 200+ projects in total for 2017.

In 2017, Green Standards turned 8,500 tons of surplus furniture and equipment into $2.5 million worth of in-kind donations to more than 400 non-profits and community organizations across North America. 

Achievements

The Green Standards and OMERS teams are pleased to have received numerous awards for this initiative in addition to the 17 local non-profits that received free furniture.

REmmy Corporate Citizen Award
REmmy Award - Corporate Citizen - OMERS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clean50 and Clean16 designations
Clean16 Winner 2019 for partnership with OMERS
 
 
 
Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice
Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2018 with OMERS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEAL Environmental Initiative Award
SEAL Awards

 

 

 

 

Watch this story come to life

The MukiBaum Accessibility Centre is 1 of 17 beneficiaries that received furniture and equipment donations from OMERS through our partnership. MukiBaum provides inclusive, community-focused support to children and adults with autism and/or other complex developmental disabilities and their families.

“With in kind donations for an organization like MukiBaum, money that they would spend on furniture is literally dollars coming out of their programming budget. So for OMERS to be able to step in and donate furniture it saves MukiBaum that expense and literally channels those dollars directly into their programming budget.”

Trevor Langdon
Green Standards, Executive General Manager

 

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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Media Contact: Marc Borins, 1-855-632-8036 

mborins@greenstandardsltd.com

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