As Earth Month kicks off, we wanted to feature non-profit life science innovation hub, RAIN Incubator in Tacoma who used furniture donated by Green Standards to create a lab specifically for COVID-19 related pandemic research. Not only does this partnership keep furniture and equipment in use and out of the landfill, but it also helps organizations like RAIN continue to do their essential work, while helping other non-profits work from home.
RAIN Director of Finance and Operations, Rebekah Ryan, tells us “We aren’t closed. In fact, we are working more than ever due to the pandemic. RAIN is “essential” because of the COVID-19 research we have been doing.” RAIN’s head researcher is a virologist and their founder is an expert in infectious disease and they saw this coming early on. “We paused all of our program work and pivoted to 100% coronavirus research five or six weeks ago!” says Rebekah.
“The furniture donated through Green Standards has enabled RAIN to support government health agencies and our local medical facilities during this Pandemic. We were able to quickly convert an office space into a working laboratory dedicated to COVID-19 research and the development of assays to determine at risk areas in our community. The desks and chairs that were replaced by GS donations would not have been usable in a lab setting and we would not have been in a position to make such a critical impact both locally and globally.”
Rebekah Ryan at RAIN Incubator.
About RAIN Incubator
RAIN Incubator is a non-profit life science innovation hub growing companies, jobs, and talent in Biotech for Tacoma.
RAIN’s mission is to facilitate the growth of the Life Science and Tech industries in Tacoma. RAIN tackles this through providing accessible hands-on educational experiences for Tacoma’s students, empowering life science start-ups and small businesses, and executing pivotal research in their downtown Tacoma, Washington location.
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 70,000+ tons of surplus furniture and equipment from landfill and donated more than $30 million worth of in-kind donations to 5,000+ non-profits across North America since inception.
The 70,000+ tons diverted equals more than 173,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions reduced with a 98.6% landfill diversion rate on more than 1,500 projects.
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