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Front Page - Friday, November 17, 2017

Office Furniture Warehouse gets green|light certification

Green|light works to nurture a business culture of sustainability in Chattanooga. The green|spaces program supports both large and small businesses that are interested in reducing the environmental impact of their policies and practices. The program takes into account the type and size of an organization and works alongside it to create a step-by-step sustainability plan.

OFW has partnered with Republic Services, which delivers recycling and waste solutions to customers nationwide, to provide a scrap metal recycling program for businesses that are upgrading office furniture and need to dispose of old equipment.

“I want our sustainability commitment to reach beyond used furniture and landfill reduction. Our mission is to find solutions for businesses that consider the needs of our environment,” says John Jerman, president and founder of OFW.

While many businesses may have several sustainable practices in place already, the green|light certification finds additional ways for saving energy and money. It could be an adjustment to toilets to reduce water waste or a change to the cleaning supplies used.

Once engaged with green|light, an eco-policy manual is created for each business, a green office checklist is available as a guide, design services for custom signage are provided and a network of preferred providers is made available so resources for a variety of sustainable needs can be acquired.

Chattanooga area green|light certified businesses include the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, The Flying Squirrel, The Crash Pad, The Chattanooga Zoo, Ruby Falls, The Strand Salon, River City Company, AEED, Kelly Subaru and the Sportsbarn.

Source: green|spaces