It’s been a big year for Office Furniture Warehouse. We’ve celebrated our successful relocation, a new team + unprecedented growth, and, now, the anniversary of our partnership with Empower Chattanooga.
What we want to celebrate in this post, however, is how big a year it’s been for green|spaces and East Chattanooga, our new home.
In the last year, the Empower program has expanded to partner in many local events, provide programming in Hardy Elementary, and serve 273 homes with energy-saving materials and education in the 37406 zip code alone. Our partnership, ICYMI: for every used office chair we sell over $100, we donate the value of an energy savings kit to Empower Chattanooga in order to multiply the effects local sustainability efforts aimed at reduced waste and energy consumption.
The first quarter of 2017 resulted in a contribution of $160, bringing our first year’s total to $1228. That’s an energy savings kit for 161 households, and all it took was some sustainably-minded people getting a sweet deal on office chairs.
In addition to the “Save It Forward” initiative, green|spaces has completed one NextGen Home and is beginning work on the next three, expanded their green|light program for businesses, and is bringing “The POOL” by Jen Lewin to the three Chattanooga neighborhoods targeted by Empower Chattanooga’s efforts – one of which being East Chattanooga, where you’ll be able to see the installation during the East Chattanooga Highlight Festival (April 21st – 23rd). That brings us to our new neighbors.
Partnering with green|spaces on “The POOL” and organizing the Highlight Festival is Glass House Collective – an non-profit embedded in East Chattanooga that “brings together residents in creative projects and partnerships with artists, entrepreneurs, and volunteers to re-imagine our neighborhood through innovative programming, community involvement, and creativity.”
We could not have asked for a warmer welcome and a more dedicated group to support than the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association, which has just celebrated their inaugural year of mustering grassroots efforts toward making the neighborhood they call home safer and more sustainable. Beyond our Empower involvement, we’ll have more about our plans with them shortly…
Plans for 2017
We’ll be continuing our program of contributing energy savings kits to Empower Chattanooga for used chairs sold, and have set our goal for the second year: there are roughly 300 homes in our neighborhood (Boyce Station), and we want every one of them to have an energy savings kit + education. This year, we’ll be working with the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association in conjunction with Empower Chattanooga to disseminate kits and host an Empower workshop. Assuming our numbers are correct, that’ll be around $2400 – doubling our total contributions from our first year.
Time to get to work.
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