We not only improve lives, we improve the environment! United Way received one of the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services 2015 Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards, thanks to our efforts around the office.
We turned boxes and paper into notepads; donated obsolete electronics to other nonprofits; provided desk recycling bins for every cubicle, break room and conference room; and printed 75%of our materials (flyers, booklets, brochures) in-house and only on demand. And that’s just the inside…
With San Diego's recent record-breaking drought, we benefitted from rebates provided by the City of San Diego and the Southern California Water Wise program, saving over $35,085 by removing the grass turf and installing a water-wise drip irrigation landscape system.
We've developed a 5-year Sustainability Action Plan. We identified 35 initiatives to take on that support the following six big goals:
1. Obtain 60% of our energy needs from renewable solar energy
2. Reduce landfill waste 50% by 2018
3. Reduce energy usage 25% by 2018 and 50% by 2021
4. Reduce paper usage 25% by 2018
5. Embed sustainability into the fibers of our organization
6. Obtain Energy Star Certification for our building