Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NBCUniversal Awards Grant to Sustainable Surplus for Social Innovation

The Second Annual 21st Century Solutions Grant Program Rewards 30 Local Non-Profits in 10 Markets

The NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, announced $1.2 million in grants for local non-profit organizations in 10 markets.

In its second year, the 21st Century Solutions grant program recognizes and supports innovative, high-impact initiatives in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology. The program supports initiatives designed to address emerging and ongoing community challenges in new and creative ways.

Local recipient, Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE), will be awarded $25,000 for their program, working to grow sustainable practices in sourcing and use of resources, by repurposing items from businesses and diverting the path of items to landfills.  The Exchange Program provides the business community a channel to redistribute their out-of-use assets for reuse to organizations in the educational and non-profit sectors.  

“NBCUniversal and our NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations are in a unique position to engage communities across the country around social innovation and our 21stCentury Solutions program allows us to recognize those local efforts,” said Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for NBCUniversal. “We are excited by this year’s grant recipients and the impactful change they will create.”

This year, awardees include: a workforce development program for students with disabilities to create their own sustainable microenterprises, a microsavings initiative aimed to help low-income working families gain financial stability and a scalable digital platform that connects a person with a need, a nonprofit provider and an everyday donor who wants to make a difference in a transparent, impactful way.

A full listing of the distribution of the $1.2 million grant awards can be found at NBCUniversal’s website.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday BYOB

A good time was had by all at the second annual Holiday BYOB event at Sustainable Surplus.  In addition to FREE office supplies for all attendees, there were holiday treats and holiday specials, including a raffle for a Christmas tree. 
A big THANK YOU goes out to HOME DEPOT- Encinitas for its donation of two $25 gift certificates and to CURVES for its donation of reusable, thermal bags.  And thanks to our new partner Donation Match for ‘matching’ SSE with Curves and manufacturers coupons.
Winners of the raffle were: 
        Anne Marie Cox of Picture Me Happy
        Karl Walker of Carlsbad High School
A special call out goes to the students from Trade Tech High for their continued excellent volunteer support.

See you all next year!  Want to attend these events?  – Just sign up at www.Sustainablesurplus.org.
A good 'free' shopping day!
Gary Knight of SD Futures Foundation
 helps teachers shop.
Our youngest BYOB attendee, Kaylee

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ACADIA Donation Helps Many Local Organizations

 December 3, 2013 - San Diego – ACADIA Pharmaceutical and Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) have arranged the donation of excess office furniture and supplies to seven local nonprofit organizations. Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE), a nonprofit which receives donated assets from companies and repurposes them to local schools and charitable organizations, hosted an asset exchange at ACADIA.  The donated items included desks, file cabinets, lockers, electronics, and office and lab supplies.
 Much of the furniture was custom built and very heavy.  “Our first attempt proved impossible, trying to lift the items onto trucks,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  So they enlisted the help of the local military group, Army Strong, to help with the move and transportation.

When ACADIA scaled back its operations to focus on its research, fewer office and laboratory supplies were needed. “Taking sustainable measures to manage our surplus just makes sense,” said Lynne Buhl, 
ACADIA’s facilities director.   “The fact that ACADIA chose the donation channel for repurposing its surplus is a wonderful testament to their sense of social responsibility,” said Prelozni. Additionally, donating to SSE keeps thousands of pounds of solid waste from the landfill.  “Choosing donation over disposal is a win-win for the environment and the community,” added Prelozni. 

The beneficiaries included San Diego Unified School District, Tecate Missionary School, Pioneer Day School, Bellamente Charter School, North County Lifeline, Phoenix House, and the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club. In addition hundreds of SSE-member organizations have access to the remaining items via the online Exchange.  The Exchange membership is free to educational and charitable organizations.  The only requirement is to register at SSE’s website:  www.sustainablesurplus.org
Volunteers from the US Army Oceanside Recruiting Center were Heroes of the day!  SSG  Emmanuel Mendy, SSG Gene Burgess, SSG David Desanges, SFC Channcy Croker, and SSG Lucas Rutledge.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HOLIDAY BYOB Slated for December 3

It's that favorite time of the year AND that favorite event of the month -- A Holiday BYOB!
Sustainable Surplus combined your two faves into one.  Come celebrate, Bring Your Own Box and  fill it with FREE office supplies. 

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event, so don’t forget to sign up at our website.

Already a member?  Great!  Just RSVP here.

Share holiday treats and surprises, and a raffle for a Free Christmas Tree!  All items in the Exchange will be on sale – this event only – up to 25% off!

See you next Tuesday! Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Board Retreat Unifies All in Mission

It was a meeting of the minds, hearts and passion of Sustainable Surplus at its first annual board retreat.

“Our goal was to solidify and focus the efforts of our team so we can best utilize everyone’s talent to take SSE to the next level,” commented executive director, Sue Prelozni.
SSE board directors and advisory staff met for the better part of a Saturday to collectively learn, contribute and plan. They participated in thought-provoking exercises which refined the parameters of SSE’s mission and strategy.

The meeting was facilitated by Tom Iselin, 20-year veteran of business and board building, and author of “First Things, First.  “It was an awesome experience,” commented Board director, Connie Hoch.  “Tom really captured the attention and input of everyone in the room.”

Board adviser, Patti Mason, added, “In my ten years’ experience running a nonprofit, I sat through a lot of these types of meetings, but none compared in excellence to this.”

An underlying theme of the meeting was to choose words that best define SSE’s corporate culture.  On this everyone agreed:  Environment, Sustainability, Unity/Community,Communication, Repurposing, and Commitment.

In attendance were:  Sandy Atkinson, Kelly Bagla, Alan Ball, William Conner, Steve Hermes, Shari Joyce, Connie Koch Harrell, Patti Mason, Michelle Mueller and Sue Prelozni.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Michelle Mueller Joins SSE Advisory Board

Just on the wings of retirement after 15 successful years at SDG&E, Michelle Mueller joined Sustainable Surplus’ Advisory Board. 
As vice president of SDG&E’s external affairs, Ms. Mueller oversaw communications, public affairs and community relations activities, as well as customer segmentation and strategy.  “Michelle's experience will take our communications and community outreach to the next level,” said SSE executive director, Sue Prelozni.  
An incredibly commanding and accomplished woman, Ms. Mueller allows no grass to grow under her feet. 
She is also very active in the charitable community, giving her time and talent to LEAD San Diego, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society.

"SSE's mission to repurpose commercial surplus for non-profit and education partners helps keeps waste out of landfills.  The more we can engage and educate San Diegans, the more we can accomplish,” said Mueller.  “I'm delighted to be part of the team.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SSE Director Joins IFMA Sustainability Committee

Executive Director, Sue Prelozni, is now serving on the Sustainability Committee of the San Diego Chapter of IFMA (International Facilities Management Association.) 
“This is a good fit for both our organizations,” said Prelozni, who was a previous member of IFMA for several years. The core goals of the committee are to share information and resources with its members on sustainable best practices, and impart ideas and examples of green solutions in facilities management. 

SSE works with the facilities directors of companies throughout San Diego.  “They have first-hand knowledge of items which can be re-purposed as their organization makes changes,” Prelozni added.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Connie Koch-Harrell Joins Board

Sustainable Surplus continues its expansion with the addition of new board member, Connie Koch-Harrell.  Ms. Harrell is the President of the Southern California chapter of the Keiretsu Forum.
Her unique business sense and creative vision has been the blueprint for her proven successes in various industries.  She is a serial entrepreneur with accomplishments in retail, telecommunications, printing, graphics and forms design, technology, and internet community development.

“We look forward to working with Connie as we build our infrastructure and get the processes in place to expand Sustainable Surplus,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni. “Her resources for strategic planning will be especially useful.”

Ms. Koch has also served as CEO/COO over companies in publications, telecommunications, technology, enterprise management systems, public relations, and fundraising. “I have a belief that people and relationships are the most vital part of life,” said Ms. Harrell.   Her pioneering attitude and insatiable desire for new experiences will help take SSE to the next level.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SSE Director to Speak on Sustainability Measure AB 341

Sustainable Surplus executive director, Sue Prelozni, will be speaking on a panel discussion regarding AB 341 today, October 29, at the SEEDs Alliance monthly meeting.
Other speakers include: Ravi Baja of the US Green Building Council, Fred Zarcilla of SDG&E, Ed Pletner of AVR recycling.

For more information, please click here.
If you would like to host this presentation for your company or your organization, please contact SSE at info@sustainablesurplus.org 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bagla Joins SSE Board of Directors

The board of directors at Sustainable Surplus continues on its strong growth track with the addition of Kelly Bagla, Esq, owner of Bagla Law.  Ms. Bagla practices business law both domestically and internationally, with a focus on early entrepreneur businesses and mergers and acquisitions.  Additionally she works with nonprofit organizations, lending her experience in board governance and development.
“Kelly fills a core competency needed in our organization,” said SSE executive director, Sue Prelozni.  “Her legal experience rounds out the incredible acumen of our board.”  Prelozni and Bagla met at a Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce event, where they are both active members. 
Read Kelly’s bio here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

SSE Makes Finalist in Fast Pitch Competition for $25,000

Sustainable Surplus has been chosen to be a finalist in the Advance San Diego grant competition, created by San Diego Social Venture Partners (SVP).

The Advance San Diego program provides training and coaching to the executive directors of local nonprofits, in addition to cash awards through the competition.  It is modeled after “fast-pitch” venture capital funding competitions.
“What an incredible experience this has been so far,” exclaimed SSE executive director Sue Prelozni. 
“It’s like the proverbial elevator pitch on steroids,” she said, because in three minutes you must convey who are you, what your mission is and define your impact and outcomes affecting your community.

The program is designed to help nonprofit organizations define their impact and tell their story in a compelling way, in order to more effectively raise the funds needed to build their capacity.

The competition began with over 300 nonprofits in the mix and was whittled down to 30 organizations in the semi-finalist round.  Then 15 nonprofits were chosen as Finalists and will present at the ultimate event on October 9.

For more information about the Final Event and to SUPPORT SSE please click here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Back-to-School Event Saves Teachers $15,000

The Bring Your Own Box Event (BYOB) continues its popularity and increases its attendance.  An estimated 70 teachers and nonprofit supporters attended the special Back to School BYOB.
 “This was the best event yet,” exclaimed Heidi Jensen, event assistant. 
Sustainable Surplus repurposed approximately 200 boxes of office supplies – full of paper, pens, letter trays, plastic organizers, staplers, tape dispensers, hole punches, wastebaskets and binders. 
Savings to the teachers and nonprofits?  On average a ‘boxful’ is worth $75.  A case of 3-ring binders can cost $45-$100, depending on the size and type of ring.  
As a result, in just two hours, SSE gave away $15,000 of office supplies.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

In Loving Memory of Scott Lukeman

It is with a heavy heart that we at Sustainable Surplus say farewell to a wonderful friend and colleague, Scott Lukeman, PhD.   Dr. Lukeman passed due to a heart attack from natural causes.
Scott was a Board advisor at SSE and worked closely with our team on strategic planning, imparting his skills and extensive experience in business development.
He was a managing partner at Provident Consulting Group, where he advised start-up organizations on business development and alignment with capital funding.  Scott earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology / Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami.  He worked in life sciences for over 20 years, specializing in cardiac pharmacology.  His career moved into strategic development of pharma/biotech start-up companies. 

Scott had a passion for environmental affairs, especially recycling, and he embraced the mission of Sustainable Surplus.  His enthusiasm, good nature and optimism will be greatly missed. We extend our sympathy and prayers to his family.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Prepping for the Big Back to School Event

Thanks to 20 volunteers the team at Sustainable Surplus was able to prepare over 200 boxes of office supplies for the upcoming BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) event for free office supplies. 
This is a special Back to School event, held in addition to the monthly BYOB.  
“Teachers have been asking us for this,” explained executive director, Sue Prelozni.  Office supplies are the majority of a teacher’s budget.  According to recent study cited in USA Today, more than 56% of teachers spend their own money for school supplies.  “I spend at least $100 a year for supplies,” noted David Anderson, a teacher from San Diego Unified School District.  This spend is the teacher's choice and it fills in the gaps left by the huge state budget deficit.

The Back to School BYOB takes place Tuesday, August 27 at 3 pm.  For more information, please click here.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August BYOB Biggest Ever

More than 60 people attended Sustainable Surplus’ August BYOB - Bring your Own Box event - and filled their boxes with free office supplies.
The attendance grows every month.  “This is an indication of how important office supplies are to teachers,” said SSE executive director, Sue Prelozni.  Supplies represent about 90% of a teacher’s budget and it often comes out of their own pocket.
As a result, SSE decided to hold a special Back to School BYOB.  The event will be Tuesday, August 27.  The event is free, but participants are required to sign up.  “Members are automatically sent an invitation,” Prelozni said.  Membership in the Exchange is free to teachers and nonprofit charges.

For more information please email us.

SSE's Friend Raiser DID!

 In celebration of its two-year milestone and in a successful effort to build awareness of its cause, SSE held an intimate Friend Raiser.  It was a combination of fun food and an astrology pairing of one’s zodiac sign with the corresponding wine.  In attendance were many Leo’s, including Dan McAllister, SD County Treasurer and SSE executive director Sue Prelozni, several Virgo’s and a couple Sagittarius and a bit of every other sign. 

The event was held at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center.  “It was a great way to engage sustainably-minded individuals who are now friends of SSE,” said Prelozni.

In addition to raising new friends, the venue itself was an event. 
The Discovery Center presented interesting live exhibits of bearded lizards, Australian finches and a glass-encased bee hive where you can see bees in action.

A few photos of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon & Discovery Center ...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

County Treasurer, Superintendent Visit Sustainable Surplus

San Diego County Treasurer, Dan McAllister and Assistant Superintendent of Business Administration for the Office of Education, Lora Duzyk, visited Sustainable Surplus’ warehouse facility.  This was McAllister’s second visit.  “I really wanted Lora to see the good work Sustainable Surplus is doing,” he said.
Duzyk and McAllister were able to observe first-hand all the preparation SSE’s team accomplished for their next BYOB – Bring-Your-Own-Box event. 
At the event, attendees are invited to bring an empty box and fill it with free office supplies. “We are expecting over 50 teachers and another dozen or more nonprofit charges to attend,” said Sue Prelozni, SSE executive director. 
As 90 percent of a teacher’s budget is office supplies, Duzyk was keen to learn about the BYOB and get the word out to the 42 school districts she works with.  She commented, “This would be a tremendous help to any teacher in our county.” 
In addition to office supplies, teachers have access to furniture and lab supplies for a small handling fee.  “They often come for the free supplies, but leave with an additional chair or bookcase,” Prelozni added.

For information on the BYOB please email here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ex VP at McAfee Joins SSE Board

Joe Gabbert, PhD, has joined the board of directors at Sustainable Surplus.  He brings of wealth of business building experience.  Dr. Gabbert is the recently retired executive vice president of human resources at McAfee, an Intel Company, where he was responsible for all aspects of global human resources, training and development, change management, community development, and M&A integration.
“We are so pleased that Joe joined our team,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  “He adds the in-depth knowledge we need at this crucial point of capacity building.”  SSE will leverage his strengths in HR, compliance and personnel structuring.

Dr. Gabbert works as an independent advisor and board member for high growth technology companies and non-profit organizations in Northern and Southern California.  For more information about Dr. Gabbert, see his bio here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

SSE to Hold 2nd Annual E-Recycle Event with Partner GE

Sustainable Surplus will hold its 2nd annual e-recycle event with its corporate partner GE Water Technologies on Saturday, August 10.  The event will be held in the GE parking lot at 760 Shadowridge Road in Vista.  Members of the community are encouraged to bring their old electronics for recycling for FREE.  There is no charge to drop off the expired items including computers, cell phones, small consumer electronics like TVs, vacuum cleaners and printers.  Large appliances and batteries are not accepted at this event. The e-recycling will be held at 10 am until 2 pm.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SEE Partners with CONNECT to Help Start-Ups

In a unique twist, local nonprofit organization, Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE), will be benefiting start-up, for profit companies through a collaboration with CONNECT.

“Our primary targets are educational and charitable organizations,” said SSE executive director, Sue Prelozni.  However, not all the items can be repurposed to those organizations.  “Sometimes we will receive scientific instruments which may be too complex or expensive to maintain even at a community college,” Prelozni explained.  In other instances, SSE will receive a quantity of items that would overload the NPO market.

So, SSE reached out to its mentor, CONNECT, a regional program that catalyzes innovative technologies by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success.  Through its Springboard program, CONNECT matches innovators with business advisors – industry experts with C-level experience – to mentor them through a multi-stage process including developing a commercialization strategy, marketing, operational plans, and financial strategy.

SSE is the first nonprofit to graduate from CONNECT’s Springboard program.
“SSE came into the Springboard program in an unusual way. We typically coach tech companies, with a protectable technology, capable of returning profits to investors. Not so with SSE! This is a social return on investment!” noted CONNECT Vice President of Business Creation & Development, Ruprecht von Buttlar.

Through their collaboration, Springboard graduating companies, of which there are several hundred, will have access to inexpensive items, the basics, to support their business during its crucial start-up phase. 

“I am very excited about this opportunity! Cash-strapped Springboard companies can now acquire essential equipment for a fraction of the regular price and make a difference to the environment ,” Ruprecht added.

All the items are available on SSE’s online Exchange.  Springboard members will pay an annual membership fee and be able to access items in the Exchange.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Prelozni. Corporations will be in compliance with state recycling mandates by reducing the amount of solid waste they would dispose in the landfills.  Still useful items are repurposed, supporting our environment and reducing the drain on resources to create new items.  And nonprofit and start-up organizations get much-needed items, alleviating budget constraints.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sustainable Surplus Launches New Website

Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) has a new website!

Thanks to the incredible work and tenacity of the students at Mira Costa College, SSE has a new look and a new logo.
The Web Design 3 class chose Sustainable Surplus as their term project under the guidance of professor Karl Cleveland.  The class created interview questions to address the communication objectives, goals, and needs of the site as well as learn about SSE and its target audience.

The class formed two teams, Webhook and Flashzoom, and developed two mock-ups, including website architecture and images.  “It was really difficult to choose one creative,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  “There were aspects of both that we really liked.”
In the end, SSE went with team Webhook’s design. 

 “Designing a website for Sustainable Surplus been a great learning experience for my students,” said Cleveland. Each of the teams had to learn about project management, problem solving, and  collaboration when working within a team environment. He added, “And, they had to balance the requirements of the class with their own learning goals.”
After the semester ended, several students stayed on the project:  Becky Gahman, Barbara Smith, and Steven Shaw.   “They volunteered hours of works to get the site ‘live’,” praised Prelozni.  In addition to writing website html, they attended events, took photos, even helped create a new video – which in incorporated in the new site as well.

Prelozni extended her thanks to everyone for their help – from the College and its community service learning program -- to the students and professor.  “Our website is our first impression to the public and we are very pleased that the project turned out so well.”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sustainable Surplus Receives Community Enhancement Grant

Thanks to County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Sustainable Surplus was awarded $4000 under the Community Enhancement Grant program.  "It is a start to show my commitment to your organization's great work for all of us!," Roberts commented. 
Over 350 organizations were competing for the funds.  We appreciate Supv Roberts' confidence in our mission, said executive director, Sue Prelozni.  SSE is in capacity building mode and such funding is essential to reach its goals.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Waste Not, Want Not

Ever wonder what 3500 wastebaskets looks like?  Well, it's enough to fill a 24-foot enclosed truck.  It will fill 18 pallets stacked over 7 feet high.  
“When the truck door opened. I just laughed,” said Sustainable Surplus Exchange director, Sue Prelozni.  The donation came from Ashford University, of the Bridgepoint Education holdings group.  They chose to repurpose versus dispose of the wastebaskets when they changed their waste and recycling collection system on campus.
“We sent about half of the wastebaskets to Father Joe’s Villages,” said Prelozni.  The other half is being repurposed to the educators and nonprofit workers who attend our BYOB events and Exchanges.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Busy Day for Local Organizations at the Exchange

A few shots of folks from local schools and organizations having fun at our Exchange…
grabbing a “few” needed items....Carlsbad Unified …La Costa Canyon High School...
Fab Lab ...
La Costa Canyon 1  FabLab 1  CLD Unified 1 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fun Day at the Exchange

It was a fun day for two local nonprofits at the Exchange.  “It was like a personal shopping day,” said Kay Ledson of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.  Kay was joined by her colleague, Karen Yoder, and she ran into a friend from Project Walk, Alexandra Christensen. “What a nice coincidence.”  Of all places to run into someone – at the warehouse of Sustainable Surplus Exchange!  Coincidence or Karma? 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sustainable Surplus on YouTube

Please check out our new video on YouTube.  Please like it, comment and share it with everyone!  Help us build the wave towards sustainability and support our community!

SPECIAL THANKS to Rec Ready Recording & Michael Ortiz for their outstanding video production!

Sustainable Surplus Director on Shark Tank

In an exciting program offered at La Costa Elementary School, 6th grade students are taught to take an invention they create from inception to market.  It is called “Mission 2 Innovate” and culminates in a presentation to a panel of judges, fashioned after the ABC show, Shark Tank.

Throughout the semester, the students learn business basics including: costs of sourcing and manufacturing, cost of goods sold, key elements of pricing as well as a valuation and a balance sheet.
“Sitting on the panel, I remained in disbelief that these were 11- and 12-year-old students,” said Sue Prelozni, Sustainable Surplus director.  Prelozni served on a panel of 4 judges and listened to almost a dozen presentations.  “We all had our favorites,” commented judge Rich Armstrong.

The key factors were innovation, research, and marketability.  Products were often very unique:  Magna Robe – a robe that closes and opens by magnetic pull versus buttons and zippers; Fishy – fishing lures made of paracord; Challows – marshmallows filled with different flavors and then covered in semi-dark chocolate.  

One item was perfect for surfers – a sock which wipes your feet as you pull it on, then is removed as you place a dry sock in its place.

“It was incredible learning experience for us judges,” Prelozni  exclaimed.  “I’d do it again.”

Judges: George Bradvica, Rich Sylvester, Sue Prelozni and Steve White (not shown)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

AB 341 Presentation at IFMA

Sustainable Surplus launched a green educational workshop “AB 341 California’s Commercial Recycling Bill: Understanding and Compliance,” at the monthly meeting of the San Deigo chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  The panel presentation informs local businesses on this state mandate to reduce GHG emissions by diverting commercial solid waste through recycling efforts.  It also offers sustainable solutions for compliance. AB 341 sets a recycle goal of 75% of solid waste by 2020. 
     The panel included co-authors, Sue Prelozni, executive director of Sustainable Surplus, Doug Kot, director of the US Green Building Council-San Diego, John Ritter, facilities director of SDG&E, and Ed Pletner, CEO of AVR Recycling.
     “Our goal is to provide this workshop to industry associations and chambers of commerce throughout San Diego County,” said Prelozni. Facilities managers are often responsible for overseeing their company’s recycling and waste disposal.  Keeping them informed helps assure sustainable business practices.
     One of the attendees, Lisa Chappell, vice president facilities management, Mission Federal Credit Union, commented, “The audience was fully engaged.” Many positive comments followed the presentation, including some very thought provoking questions.

Presenters (from left to right)
Sue Prelozni, Sustainable Surplus
Ravi Bajaj, USGBC- San Diego
John Ritter, SDG&E
Ed Pletner, AVR Recycling

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sustainable Surplus Recognized for Community Support

The Seaside Center for Spiritual Living honored the founder of Sustainable Surplus Exchange, Sue Prelozni, for her work helping the community. 
The members of the center had decided to tithe their offerings and gave a financial donation to support SSE and keep its efforts moving forward.
SSE takes donated assets from local companies and redistributes them back into the community for use.  Items include everything from office supplies to furniture to lab supplies and equipment.

SSE has benefited over 160 educational and charitable organizations in San Diego County.  “It’s really about our team and our volunteers that make this happen,” said Prelozni.  Over 75 companies have chosen the path of sustainability, diverting their items from the landfills.