Seemingly Simple Plastic Bins Provide a New Opportunity to Impact Communities in Washington, D.C.
Bozzuto and Goodwill of Greater Washington Partner on Smart Textile-Recycling Program
GREENBELT, MD – April 21, 2016 – On average, each American sends approximately 70 pounds of textiles to the dump each year. These goods not only could be donated and reused, but have the potential to help people find jobs and gain greater independence.
To combat this waste problem and celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Bozzuto has partnered with Goodwill of Greater Washington to host a Goodwill goBINTM at their corporate headquarters, as well as at three Bozzuto-managed properties in the Washington, D.C. area: Monroe Street Market, The Loree Grand, and The Ashby.
This pilot program is the first of its kind for Goodwill of Greater Washington. Bozzuto will be the first company in the country, outside of San Francisco where the concept was tested and developed, to receive these bins.
“Once again, Bozzuto has partnered with Goodwill of Greater Washington in an innovative way to support their donation efforts. One of Bozzuto’s core values is concern for the communities we touch, so it was a natural fit that we include our corporate headquarters as a site for this goBIN program,” said Peter Zadoretzky, Director of Sustainability for Bozzuto Management Company.
The goBINs, which wereinstalled on April 20,allow employees and residents to donate clothing, shoes, and accessories without leaving the building. These “self-notifying” bins include a sensor to remotely measure the fill-level, notifying Goodwill when it is full, ensuring the bins do not overflow, and reducing carbon emissions with optimal route planning.
“Sustainable business practices dictate our approach to every project, from inception through ongoing operations. From developing LEED-certified buildings, implementing recycling programs, to installing energy efficient appliances and electric vehicle charging stations, all of the Bozzuto communities work to promote green initiatives for sustainable living,” continues Zadoretzky.
“We are extremely grateful for Bozzuto’s continued support of Goodwill’s workforce development mission,” said Brendan Hurley, Chief Marketing Officer for Goodwill of Greater Washington. “Since our first regional donation drive with Bozzuto in 2014 our partnership has only grown; and this goBin pilot program is a testament to Bozzuto’s ongoing commitment to Goodwill, the environment, and our community.”
Bozzuto is a privately held, diversified residential real estate company focused on creating extraordinary experiences of home and community. We are passionate about inspiring our customers, clients, and partners through our expertise in multifamily development, construction, and management, as well as homebuilding. Since 1988, these strong relationships have allowed us to acquire, develop, and build more than 42,000 homes and apartments while managing more than 54,000 apartment residences. Our company is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing and managing communities that range from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions. For more information, please visit www.bozzuto.com.
Goodwill transforms lives and communities through the power of education and employment. Every donation to Goodwill not only keeps unwanted material out of area landfills, but also helps people with disadvantages and disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through free job training and career development. More info at: www.goodwill.org