We care as much about our environmental foot print as we do for serving our fellow nonprofits. Recycling, energy conservation and water conservation play a critical role in our warehouse operations, helping us put more tools in the hands of volunteers.
We’ve taken reduce, recycle and reuse to the next level by utilizing discarded wood and metal to make tool storage racking and large-capacity bins for recycling cardboard, plastic, paper and electronics.
We promote our recycling philosophy and methods with our fellow nonprofits through the Mike Adgie Recycling Center by providing an outlet for our member agencies to recycle materials from their projects, such as plastic water bottles and aluminum cans, saving them the cost of self-recycling or hiring a recycling service.
Partners in Recycling
Through generous support from Novelis, our inventory of Clear Stream recycling containers has increased two-fold. To promote awareness and inspire increased recycling among our member agencies, we are waiving the tool handling fee for a recycling container when an active member agency brings a bag of empty and clean aluminum cans to CHaRM Recycling Center.
We have made great strides in reducing our energy usage, initiating electricity conservation best practices and outfitting our warehouse with cost-efficient installations. In early 2016, daylighting skylights were installed, funded through the Grants to Green program, a cool roof installation and LED Lighting. These cost-efficient installations have saved us 67% in energy costs in the first year.
Even though 2/3 of the earth is covered by water, it is still a precious commodity. During our warehouse renovations, water-conserving sinks and bathroom fixtures were installed, helping us reduce our usage, making water more available to the Atlanta community.
2017 MVP Awardee
In 2017, the ToolBank was one of only six businesses and organizations to receive the MVP Award for energy reduction and conservation, citing 51% energy savings and 81% water savings in 2016 and receiving and energy star score of 100!