At Seattle Goodwill, one of our values is stewardship. We want to be good stewards of all that we’re given to ensure the best future for our students, our community, our organization, and of course, our planet. Over the years, we’ve put an emphasis on environmental stewardship—and will continue down that path for years to come.
Here are some of the ways we’ve not only reduced our own ecological footprint, but help our communities do the same:
Seattle Goodwill keeps material waste out of landfills.
In 2015, thanks to eco-conscious donors, Seattle Goodwill helped the community keep over 53 million pounds of material waste out of landfills.
Our Administrative Headquarters and Seattle Job Training and Education Center building is LEED Gold Certified.
In April of 2013, we opened our brand new three-story Job Training and Education Center and Administrative Support Building. Through a number of design features in the building, such as a narrow footprint and ample windows, rainwater collection and reuse within the building, and a rain garden where storm water is recycled, alleviating stress on our city’s storm water systems, the building earned a LEED Gold Certification—the second highest ranking for eco-friendly buildings.
Seattle Goodwill is Threadcycle Program partner.
Seattle Goodwill is a proud partner of Threadcycle, a program created by King County and Seattle Public Utilities that’s dedicated to keeping worn-out clothes and linens out of local landfills. Most of these clothes, shoes, and linens that are thrown into the garbage can be reused or recycled.
We use SmartBins to collect donations at many locations.
Seattle Goodwill uses SmartBin sensors in our donation bins to let us know when our bins our full. This allows us to plan our pickup routes more efficiently, and cut out check-in trips to manually monitor bins. SmartBin allows us to reduce fuel use as well as wear and tear on our vehicles—and allows us to put donation bins closer to donors!
We are a part of eCycleWashington.
As part of the E-Cycle Washington program, Goodwill collects televisions, computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops free of charge. Items donated in good working condition will be thoroughly evaluated, and any existing data will be erased using certified technology tools. Items that can't be sold will be recycled in accordance with E-Cycle Washington's guidelines, which ensure that toxic materials stay out of our landfills.