What’s the Deal With Empower Chattanooga?
Our good friends at Green|spaces coordinate a program called Empower Chattanooga. Through this program, historically low-income neighborhoods of Chattanooga are able to achieve reduced monthly utility expenses. Empower accomplishes their goals with the help of community advisory groups, educational workshops and energy savings kits. Typically, they help families in East Chattanooga, Highland Park, East Lake and Alton Park save an extra $40/month on utility bills.
What Do Office Chairs Have To Do With Sustainability?
When we liquidate an office or broker an inventory of furniture for resale, we extend it’s useful life. A longer useful life keeps waste out of the landfill – and, with an EPA-estimated 9.8 million tons of furniture waste annually, every ounce counts. So, we believe the work we do in used office furniture is inherently sustainable. However, we’ve evolved over the last decade of doing right by the relationships that got us here.
We’ve grown our product and service offering, refined our operations and expanded our definition of sustainability. The secret to a successful evolution is growing sustainably; expounding on what you do well, then doing it better. As you might expect, we at Office Furniture Warehouse are pretty adept with sales of used office chairs. You might even say it’s a sustainable part of our business. Now, with growth comes a larger opportunity to give back. We also believe in backing the team with the best resources – like green|spaces’ Empower Chattanooga program. So, for the past three years, we’ve been contributing the value of an Empower Chattanooga workshop for each pre-owned or refurbished chair sold over $100. The partnership is aimed at multiplying the impact of local efforts in sustainability, and we’ve funded over 400 workshops so far.
How Can I Get Involved?
In the third quarter of 2019, we had the privilege to contribute $480 to Empower Chattanooga. That’s the kind of result we expect from thinking sustainably – sound business decisions that help everyone, greater than the sum of their parts. So, if you want to get involved, there are a few things you can do.