University Reuse Project

Case Study - California University Reuse Project

Sustainability in Action

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When a university in southern California chose to consolidate certain facilites, 1,264 pieces of furniture, appliances, and
even pianos were no longer needed.  Strongly committed to sustainability, this university found a reuse
solution through Furniture Reuse Solutions’ charitable donation program.

Project Synopsis

The project inventory was comprised of 1,264 classroom, lounge, and conference furniture items, along with appliances and athletic equipment. The inventory made up three shipments.

The schedule was ambitious, with only two days to remove the furniture from the buildings and load for shipping. A moving crew of eight and FRS onsite project management accomplished a smooth project that met or exceeded the expectations of both the university and the recipient charities.

Results

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3,173 Furniture Items Repurposed

One building generated 1,264 surplus items, which filled three 53′ trailers and one ocean container.

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20 Tons Diverted from the Landfill

Each ton of surplus furniture diverted from the landfill results in a greenhouse gas offset of two to three metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

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Cost Savings

Reuse is less expensive than disposal and even recycling. This inventory would
have required a minimum of fifteen 30-yard roll-off waste containers.

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Social Responsibility

Quality of life will improve in multiple communities and hundreds of children will have improved learning experiences for years to come.

Inventory

Furnishings from the University

Item Count Weight
Chairs 901 18,612
Tables 270 16,680
Storage: Bookcases, Cabinets, Racks 48 3,510
Miscellaneous: Bulletin Boards, Whiteboards, Desks, Clocks, Refrigerators, Pianos, Receptacles 45 2,273
Totals: 1,264 41,075
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Southern California Community Donations to Joshua1:Nine

Joshua 1:Nine, an international charity, is developing a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. They routinely collect donations of baseball gear from individuals and organizations in Southern California. The equivalent of four Gaylord cargo containers were placed on the shipment to the Dominican Republic, along with the university furniture. Items included bats, helmets, uniforms, and shin and elbow guards.

Destinations

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Los Angeles Unified School District

LAUSD Materiel Management Branch operates distribution centers to serve the needs of the district. 490 items were received in two shipments.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Bellflower, CA

Habitat for Humanity Restores use the proceeds from furniture and equipment sales toward affordable housing in the community. 359 items were delivered.

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Joshua 1:Nine, Dominican Republic

In addition to the athletic equipment, Joshua 1:Nine will use the 415 furniture items in the dormitory, dining area, and classrooms at the Baseball Academy.

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Dominican Republic Baseball Academy

Baseball is by far the most popular sport in the Dominican Republic. Donated equipment will help a baseball academy where disadvantaged youth can learn the sport while receiving an education, building character and the foundations of good health.

Tables and chairs are staged for loading
Loading the trailer destined for Habitat for Humanity in Bellflower, CA.
The Habitat for Humanity Restore is also getting a nice piano.
The Los Angeles Unified School District takes furniture to their Material Management Center to be later deployed throughout the district.
A 43' ocean container destined for the Dominican Republic arrives on site.
Baseball gear including bats, helmets, uniforms, and more. The equipment was donated by the local community for use in Dominican Republic Baseball Academy.
Moving crew signs a banner that will go in the container to the Dominican Repulic.
The banner is last to be loaded on the container to the Dominican Republic.
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