Winooski Company Receives Recognition for Environmental Efforts

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Winooski Company Receives Recognition for Environmental Efforts

Tue, 10/24/2006 - 8:00pm -- tim

Reuse and recycling, energy conservation measures, and use of an alternative fuel vehicle have lead to State recognition for a local eBay drop-off and consignment store.
Global Garage Sale, in Winooski, Vermont has been recognized by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center as an Environmental Partner in the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership. According to Chad Cliburn, Partnership coordinator for the Department of Environmental Conservation, "What Global Garage Sale does is great for the environment, they help people place unwanted items into the hands of others who can use them, instead of into the landfill. But beyond this, Global Garage Sale had implemented many green practices throughout its operations." Noteworthy accomplishments include utilizing a cargo van that runs on compressed natural gas, resulting in 90% cleaner emissions when compared to using a gasoline engine. The company encourages its employees to carpool. It recently had new thermo pane windows installed to become more energy efficient. Global Garage Sale reuses much of the packing material and shipping boxes it receives from customers and has actually helped other businesses by reusing their unwanted packing material (like Styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap) and cardboard boxes. Additionally, Global Garage Sale donates leftover, unsold merchandise to Recycle North, a Burlington based non-profit that manages reuse operations, giving the items another chance to be reused.
Global Garage Sale recycles much of its solid waste, including unusable cardboard, paper, plastic, and glass, and also 'closes the loop' by purchasing recycled products like office paper and other paper products. But more importantly, Global Garage Sale has adopted an environmentally preferable purchasing policy whereby environmental impacts will be considered during purchasing decisions.
According to Peter Becker and Erik Holcomb, Co-founders of Global Garage Sale, "We're honored and excited to be an Environmental Partner in such an important organization. Peter and Chad have done an exceptional job promoting progressive environmental policies in the Vermont business community. Global Garage Sale will continue to look for ways to reduce our environmental impact on the earth."
The Vermont Business Environmental Partnership is a voluntary, environmental assistance and business recognition program that is open to any Vermont business that proactively incorporates sound environmental management practices into their operations. To find out more about the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, visit the web at http://www.vbep.org.