General Motors is continuing to seek out innovative ways to ensure waste is not an option. The latest partnership between the automaker involves Herman Miller and Green Standards, which will allow every piece of waste from an ongoing office renovation in Detroit, Michigan to be repurposed.
No piece of furniture or filing cabinet will make its way to the landfill, GM has promised, and instead will become a $1 million donation to benefit 100 Michigan-based organizations.
“We view waste as just a resource out of place,” said David Tulauskas, GM sustainability director. “This reuse program enables us to reduce our environmental footprint while making a positive contribution to our community.”
The Herman Miller rePurpose Program handles the redistribution for managing surplus corporate assets through a combination of resale, recycling and donation. Through rePurpose, GM will divert from the landfill nearly all existing furniture, equipment and supplies resulting from renovations occurring at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, the Proving Ground in Milford and global headquarters in Detroit. GM will reallocate some assets to other company locations.
One of the beneficiaries will be Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan. Along with new furniture, GM and Herman Miller employees will donate their time to makeover three rooms to renovate the space and provide a welcoming educational environment.
GM is the first metro Detroit-based automaker to undergo a large-scale, multi-site campus decommission project. GM says the project has potential to spread to its operations nationwide.