Thursday, March 9, 2017

On the Path to Bi-National Nonprofit Collaboration

In pursuit of cross border donation and environmental education for children, SSE executive director Sue Prelozni and Board Director Charlie Copelan met with the Director of Comite Binacional Unidos por la Ninez, Adolfo Delgado.
One of the goals of the coalition is to facilitate the movement of donated items from the US to Mexico. The organizations plan to acquire and share warehouse space near Otay.
The Comite Binacional is a joint venture with non-profits Bibliotecas Hermanas, Read a Book, Surrendered Ministries, Hilarious Givers and Humanitarian Cruz Verde BC.
Director Delgado said, "It just makes sense to collaborate as our missions and goals are very similar."
"This was the first of several meetings to come," Prelozni added.
Stay tuned for the progress report!
Charlie Copelan, Nayeli Alcocer, Aldolfo Delgado, Sue Prelozni


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SSE Hosts Holiday BYOB

It will be the last BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) event of the year - the Holiday BYOB - on Thursday, December 8.
Teachers and nonprofit staff are invited to Sustainable Surplus' warehouse and to bring an empty box and fill it with free office and lab supplies.
"I think they also come for the cookies and hot apple cider," says SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.
PLUS - there will be a visit from Santa Claus!
Photos from 2015 Holiday BYOB

Monday, November 14, 2016

How SSE Staff Spend Their Weekends

Feeding the Homeless at San Diego Rescue Mission - November 19th

As part of the Live Well San Diego Lions, SSE director Sue Prelozni joined a group of six fellow Lions to feed the homeless and underprivileged at the San Diego Rescue Mission. The SD Humane Society was on hand to offer temporary housing for the participants' dogs while they ate, as well as treats, food and other supplies for their pets.



Sue with SD Rescue Mission
Director Herb Johnson
Live Well Lions cutting cake
 



The furry friends of our homeless being cared for by SDHS


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The Warehouse - Open House - November 10th & 12th 
SSE raised $3,000 and distributed at least 85 items to local nonprofits and small businesses.
 -- Thank you, everyone!
Out-going student desks to a local school

SSE Treasurer Steve Hermes
with volunteers Bret & Carleigh
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The Walk for Multiple Sclerosis - November 4th - 6th
MS Walk - Rest Stop 2


SSE Exec Admin Elise MacAndrew
and her mom, Stacey

Tomorrow is America Recycles Day!

Help Us Celebrate!
Time to think outside the box and find a new use or purpose for something that may have been destined for the trash.
Also

Instead of buying new on Black Friday – buy something previously owned and/or lightly used.  We have a warehouse full of such fun stuff!  Conserve the energy and resources to manufacture new items.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Claudia Marsh Is SSE Volunteer of the Year

Committed, responsible, and caring are just a few of the words I use to describe Claudia.  She is a leader and exudes confidence -- which is why we asked her to manage our volunteers.  Claudia’s military experience (retired Navy) shines in her ability to manage all manner of volunteers – from high school students to retired professionals.  And they all love her!

Claudia was honored at the North County Philanthropy Council Annual Volunteer Award luncheon, Thursday, November 03.
Volunteer Claudia Marsh (left) with ED Sue Prelozni

Friday, October 28, 2016

SSE Celebrates 5 Years at Gratitude with Attitude Friend Raiser

Sustainable Surplus celebrated its fifth anniversary at their Gratitude with Attitude Friend Raiser.  It was a resounding, "We Made It!" cheer from SSE board members.  We were joined by a few donors and friends, as we enjoyed wonderful food, wine and beer at the home of board advisor Bill Conner.  Live music was provided by the Collins Clan Band.

Collins Clan Band


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SSE Partners with US Business Council for Sustainable Development

In a key strategic move for both Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), the organizations have signed a partnership agreement to create a Materials Marketplace in San Diego.

The US BCSD is a member-led 501 (c)(6) nonprofit business association, founded in 1992, that harnesses the power of collaborative projects, platforms and partnerships to develop, deploy and scale solutions to ecosystems, energy, materials and water challenges.

Sustainable Surplus, a 501 (c)(3), based in San Diego,“turns corporate excess into community assets,” according to Executive Director, Sue Prelozni. SSE handles the internal surplus, everything from office supplies and furniture to computers and lab equipment, and redistributes them to schools, nonprofits and start-up organizations.

The Materials Marketplace aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs in San Diego County where one organization’s waste becomes another organization’s raw material. In addition to diverting waste from landfills, the recovery activities will generate significant cost savings, energy savings, and create new jobs and business opportunities. 

There are four such Marketplaces located throughout the US – Austin, Detroit, Memphis and Columbus.  The US BCSD targeted San Diego after learning about the parallel mission of SSE to divert still useful product from the landfill. 


“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Sustainable Surplus in this groundbreaking new project,” said Daniel Kietzer, Program Manager for the US BCSD. “Many San Diego businesses and organizations are challenging the traditional take-make-dispose model; the Materials Marketplace is an important enabler to move this new circular thinking into action.”