One of the benefits of competing in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge is the informative workshops that are offered to participants. The workshops are focused on helping participants learn new sustainable solutions, network with like-minded people, and connect with those who can help implement the solutions.
The PennsylvaniaResources Council (PRC) works as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling as well as litter and visual blight prevention, watershed awareness, and composting. Kyle Winkler, an Environmental Program Coordinator for the PRC, talked about the Zero Waste Pittsburgh program or ZIP. ZIP was created as a one stop shop for recycling and waste minimization resources and assistance for businesses, institutions, and special events. Your company, organization, or even special event can become ZIP Certified. To learn more, check out www.zerowastepgh.org.
We want to also give a shout out to Breen Masciotra, the director of PittsburghCenter for Creative Reuse, who attended the workshop as a participant. The PCCR promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. PCCR provides creative reuse programs and their store is a great low-cost resource for teachers, artists, and others seeking unique materials for their creative projects.
Pashek Associates will look to see if Agrecycle can help us recycle our organic wastes, will look into ethically recycling our spent electronic equipment with companies like eLoop, will consider Global Links as another potential resource for donating our used office furniture, and is currently looking into ZIP Certification with the PRC. In addition, we will now think twice about throwing away product samples since the PCCR accepts donations of architectural and design samples. We will keep you posted on our progress towards becoming a more sustainable business.
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