Goodwill Industries International is the international office for the Goodwill® enterprise. Our network of 165 Goodwill agencies in the U.S. and Canada provides job training, career and community based services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience and others facing challenges to finding employment.
For more than 100 years, Goodwill has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Our agencies currently divert more than two billion pounds of clothing and textiles every year from landfills by recovering the value in people’s unwanted material goods.
Goodwill is committed to preserving the environment and strengthening communities. Caring about the environment is an integral part of the our triple bottom line, and we have placed increased emphasis on implementing sustainable building and operations practices to demonstrate this commitment to staff, service recipients, stakeholders, vendors and the public.
The Goodwill Industries International building:
- Offsets 100 percent of its energy use with renewable energy certificates (RECs).
- Utilizes energy efficient overhead lighting and occupancy sensors, reducing energy consumption by more than 58,000 KWH per year and reducing carbon by 41.7 metric tons, which is like avoiding 14 tons of waste going to the landfill (according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon calculator).
- Contains Energy Star-labeled products such as desktop computers and monitors, laptops, copiers, printers and projectors.
- Implements an environmentally preferred purchasing policy prioritizing supplies made from high levels of post-consumer recycled content.
- Features low-flow toilets, urinals and aerators.
- Reduces energy consumption with automated off-hours temperature controls and shades.
- Promotes responsible recycling, water conservation and energy conservation through the use of building signage.
Notable company offerings and business practices include:
- Monthly staff trainings on going green topics (i.e. sustainable eating and green health).
- A transit benefits program offering $230 in pre-tax spending per month.
- A water filter system and biodegradable Greenware and Ecotainer cups eliminating plastic bottles.
- AmSan Green Seal-certified hand soap, bathroom and kitchen cleaning products.
- Default double-sided printing on printers and copiers and discouraging printing of documents.
- Contracts with print vendors that are FSC certified and use soy or low-VOC inks.
- Recycling bins at every desk and in common areas.
- Bike racks to encourage staff to take alternate transportation to work.
In addition to implementing green operations and business practices at our Rockville, MD, facility, we have partnered with national agencies to amplify Goodwill’s positive environmental impact. Goodwill partners with Dell on the Reconnect program allowing consumers to drop off any brand of unwanted computer equipment for no-cost responsible recycling at more than 2,200 Goodwill locations in the United States and Canada. More than 170 million pounds of electronic equipment have been recycled since the program began in 2004.
In 2010, Goodwill Industries International launched the Donate Movement, a global initiative designed to raise public awareness about the importance of donating used items and the positive impact those items have on both people and the planet. The Donate Movement was launched with iconic brands including Levi’s and Family Circle Magazine. Visit the Donate Movement web site at http://donate.goodwill.org to learn more about the effort and to calculate the impact of your Goodwill donations.