2017 has been an eventful year. While still getting settled in our new building, we’ve had opportunities to jump back into our work with local causes and new neighbors. We’ve been all over the place: fundraising for Susan G. Komen, cooking out with the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association, and making plans going forward. Right now, however, we get to wrap up the second quarter with a new favorite task: tallying our quarterly contribution to Empower Chattanooga!
Our Partnership with Empower Chattanooga
Empower Chattanooga is a community program, coordinated by green|spaces, aimed at creating energy savings in historically low-income areas experiencing disparately high utility expenses.
Office Furniture Warehouse is a member of green|spaces, presently working toward their third-party sustainability certification – we’ll get to that, though. The bottom line is that we relish our opportunities to work with green|spaces. So, last April, we began our partnership program. For every sale of used chairs $100 or greater, Office Furniture Warehouse contributes the value of one energy savings kit to Empower. Our contribution goes directly toward hosting energy savings classes and furnishing attendees with materials to reduce energy consumption in their homes. The first year of our partnership yielded the equivalent of energy savings educations for 161 households – a figure we’re hoping to double.
Our Plans Going Forward
Partnership with Empower Chattanooga
The first contribution our program’s second year totaled $256, the equivalent of 32 energy savings educations for people who could very well be our neighbors. Our $2400 goal for 2017 is based on a kit for every household in the Boyce Station slice of East Chattanooga (approximately 300 homes in our new neighborhood). It’s a lofty goal, but used office chairs are a win/win/win scenario. You’re creating a cost-effective workspace, we’re keeping quality furniture out of the landfill, and Empower Chattanooga gets support in promoting energy savings throughout the community.
Sustainable Business Certification & Celebration
Back to green|light – green|light is a third party corporate sustainability certification for Chattanooga businesses. The program, coordinated by green|spaces, helps businesses to realize cost savings, stronger public image & employee attraction by fostering a culture of environmental stewardship. Office Furniture Warehouse is presently working toward out green|light certification, which entails outlining our policies & procedures to find where we can set a higher standard for sustainability and making adjustments accordingly. Green Drinks is an international program that holds monthly meetings in cities all over the world, meetings at which people from all areas of business, academia, government, and non-government mingle. There are no specific prerequisites for attendees beyond a firm awareness of our need for environmental sustainability.
green|light is an opportunity to engrain sustainability in business, and Green Drinks is an opportunity for sustainably-minded professionals to connect. So, Office Furniture Warehouse will be celebrating our green|light certification by hosting Green Drinks with green|spaces on September 27th.
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Wondering “What Can I Do”?
Getting involved is easy. At Office Furniture Warehouse, we pride ourselves on delivering sustainable solutions. If you’re looking to cultivate a workspace that promotes conservation, click here to tell us about your project. If you’re looking to volunteer your time/resources to local sustainability efforts, green|spaces is an excellent resource for doing so. Clicking the button will take you to our page on green|spaces website, where you have the opportunity to take action.