Goodwill Industries International

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Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Goodwill® is a network of 162 autonomous, social enterprises with a presence in 13 other countries that sells donated goods to create job opportunities and training in local communities. Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of education, training and career services for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities as well as those with disadvantages and anyone facing challenges to finding employment. For 115 years, Goodwill has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Goodwill organizations currently divert more than three billion pounds of clothing and textiles every year from landfills by recovering the value in people’s unwanted material goods.

Goodwill organizations are 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 team members, 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:

  • Quarterly staff trainings and communications on going green topics.
  • Employee engagement to take sustainable actions at work and at home via the Spark platform.
  • A transit benefits program offering $230 in pre-tax spending per month.
  • A water filter system and Ecotainer cups eliminating plastic bottles.
  • Green Seal-certified janitorial 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. 
  • Expanded recycling program that includes eyeglasses, cell phones, batteries, plastic bags, electronics and toner cartridges. 
  • Bike racks to encourage staff to take alternate transportation to work.
  • Reusable kitchenware, including plates, utensils, cups and mugs.

In addition to implementing green operations and business practices at GII’s Rockville, MD, headquarters GII has also partnered with national agencies to amplify Goodwill’s positive environmental impact. In particular, Goodwill organizations have partnered with Dell since 2004 on the Dell Reconnect program, which is a free drop-off recycling program of any brand of unwanted computer equipment at more than 2,000 Goodwill locations in the United States and Canada. More than 460 million pounds of computers and computer equipment have been diverted from landfills since the start of the program.

Goodwill organizations create thousands of jobs and contribute to the economic health of communities while preserving resources and the environment.