Monday, August 29, 2016

Special Visit from Long Time Supporter Supervisor Dave Roberts

Supervisor Dave Roberts attends the August 2016 BYOB!




Teachers line up out the door waiting for the event to begin.




CEO Sue Prelozni and Supervisor Dave Roberts talk with teachers before the event begins.




Happy teachers ready to fill their boxes!





Supervisor Dave Roberts peruses the housewares section of Sustainable Surplus. We accept donations of all kinds!





Thanks for coming!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

BYOB August 2016 - a great success!


  Bring Your Own Box!  

This year's pickings of FREE supplies for teachers and non profits:


Supervisor Dave Roberts chats with teachers before the event:




Teachers anxiously waiting for the event to begin as news camera crews look on:




The flood gates open!




When asked what they think of the BYOB, teachers say:

"I love it! I love it."

"I would say I'm saving probably hundreds of dollars"





"We found all kinds of stuff. I was overwhelmed with all the options."




"This event is a wonderful community builder... I think it's great that it's extended to educators specifically. This time of the year is so important while we're all working to get our classrooms started and up and running for our students and offering the best supplies and I'm just so grateful..."




Make sure you are signed up as a NONPROFIT MEMBER to attend our next BYOB! See you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Big Back-to-School BYOB Event TODAY

Sustainable Surplus fifth annual Back-to-School BYOB event is today.  BYOB is Bring Your Own Box for teachers and nonprofit staff to fill an empty box with FREE office supplies.  More than 200 people signed up!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Support SSE at Amazon When You Shop

Sustainable Surplus Exchange is part of the Amazon Smiles campaign and a portion of sales, YOUR sales, is donated back to SSE.
Support us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-4666846 and Amazon donates.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

San Diego County Supervisors Support SSE through Grant


Three San Diego County Supervisors continued to support SSE and its mission to serve community organizations with repurposed items.
Supervisors Bill Horn, Dave Roberts and Greg Cox donated a total of $16,500 through the Community Enhancement program.  The funds are earmarked for Sustainable Surplus’ ENGAGE! San Diego program and BYOB events.

ENGAGE! is an innovative program which magnifies SSE’s involvement with local businesses, their employees and the community.  “It is a reuse/recycle campaign that fosters corporations’ social responsibility through the donation of items for repurposing, as well as engages their employees in volunteerism and sustainability,” explained SSE executive director Sue Prelozni .

 “We accept everything from office supplies to furniture, computers and lab equipment.” All items are redirected back into community schools, nonprofits and start-up organizations.

The BYOB or Bring-Your-Own-Box  event is SSE’s most popular event, invites teachers and nonprofit staff to come to the warehouse with an empty box and fill it with free office supplies.  On average, attendees leave with $200 worth of items.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SSE Awarded Grant from BBVA Compass


In recognition for its support of underprivileged, low-to-moderate income people and communities, SSE was awarded the grant from BBVA Compass Foundation.  SSE qualified in the Foundation’s area of focus for environmental work, particularly to provide projects with significant impact on the environment and sustainable practices and to promote public education on those issues.

“Our BBVA Compass San Diego Foundation and Volunteer Chapter voted unanimously to approve a grant for SSE because the environment and sustainability are one of the five areas we have selected to support, said Senior Vice President Lucy von Buttlar.   “SSE's goals and mission are aligned with BBVA Foundation's environmental focus, as well as its work to help the disadvantaged.”


The grant award was for $2500 for general support of SSE’s programs and makes BBVA a Green Leaf Program Sponsor.  “I am very impressed with BBVA’s environmental and natural resources program promoting sustainability,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  The BBVA Group promotes its Global Eco-Efficiency Plan, an initiative to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 20 percent.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Datron Continues to Support Mission of SSE

For the second year in a row, Datron World Communications Foundation has gifted $10,000 to Sustainable Surplus (SSE) to support its ENGAGE! San Diego program.  The Foundation’s mission
is to positively impact the lives of others today and in the future. Datron provides for this fund by tithing 10 percent of its quarterly operating profit into the fund.

ENGAGE! is an innovative program to magnify SSE’s engagement with local businesses, their employees and the community.  ENGAGE! is a reuse/recycle campaign that fosters corporations’ social responsibility through the donation of items for repurposing, as well as engages their employees in volunteerism and sustainability. 

Datron has been an asset donor to SSE for four years, donating everything from office supplies and furniture to electronic equipment.  “We are very grateful to Datron for supporting our mission to build a sustainable community by helping local organizations,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.

Datron employee Danny Pate sponsored SSE to request the gift from the Foundation.


The gift arrives at a key time for SSE.  Due to the increasing surplus donations, SSE has had to increase its operations and manpower to manage the inventory and get it redistributed to local educational, nonprofit and start-up organizations.