Thursday, December 31, 2015

20 Smiles for 20 Bucks

With only 500 smiles to go, Sustainable Surplus winds up week 4 of its Sustainable Smiles Campaign.

Help Sustain a Smile - DONATE TODAY!

Every time you donate $20, SSE can help 20 more teachers 

Sustainable Surplus supported more than 25,000 teachers, students, nonprofit constituents, military personnel and their families, as well as start-up entrepreneurs.
We benefit hundreds of local schools and charitable organizations with donated supplies, furniture and equipment from local companies.

Monday, November 30, 2015


Don't miss the great deal at our Moving Sale!

2 - Days This Week!

Wednesday - Dec. 2nd     10 am - 2 pm

Saturday - Dec.  5th       9 am - 12 noon

Location:  760 Shadowridge Dr, Vista


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bret Grabowski Named SSE Volunteer of the Year

In recognition of his work, above and beyond the call of a volunteer, Bret Grabowski was honored as Sustainable Surplus’ Volunteer of the Year at the North County Philanthropy Council Awards Luncheon, today.

“Bret give us countless hours of support, attends every event, arriving early and staying late,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  “He gives unwavering assistance to our beneficiaries and to our staff.”

The event, held at the Sheraton Grande Resort, was filled with more than 500 people with a passion. There were 64 nominees, representing 61 local nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Grabowski contributes to the growth in attendance at SSE’s events by actively working on SSE’s marketing committee.  “The most rewarding experience for me has been the giddiness and joy shown by the teachers and those in need when I tell them we provide much-needed supplies free of charge and other items at a very low price,” commented Grabowski. 

He also lends his business acumen by serving on SSE’s advisory committee.  “We are very fortunate and grateful for Bret,” Prelozni added.

Monday, November 9, 2015

SSE Opens Its Doors to Military Families

November 9, 2015 – Active military, veterans, reservists and their families will now have access to the online Exchange of Sustainable Surplus (SSE), a nonprofit that redistributes previously owned corporate items back into the community for use.  This means military members can join for free with the same status of a nonprofit organization and can acquire items at the Exchange at 80- to 90-percent discount on the value of a previously owned item.

The Exchange serves as a distribution center for donated surplus items from local companies.  Items include office supplies, desks, chairs, bookcases, computers, printers – most anything coming out of a business.  “Occasionally, we repurpose refrigerators and couches from corporate executive suites to needy shelters and families,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.

SSE currently works with 14 military organizations in San Diego.  “It just makes sense to increase our outreach to all those who have served our country,” Prelozni said.  Adding military and their family members helps expand the mission of SSE – to repurpose items which have a still-useful life to those in need and to keep senseless waste out of the landfill.

“Sustainable Surplus has been a Godsend for Wounded Warrior Homes,” commented Gene Jennett, assistant director of WWH.  “Having this source of low cost office furniture and supplies has helped us stretch our funds and spend more of the community's donated dollars directly to helping our veterans.”

SSE has supported more than 400 educational, charitable and start-up organizations in San Diego County – benefiting 35,000 teachers, students, nonprofit beneficiaries and entrepreneurs.

“I think it is a great thing that Sustainable Surplus is doing by opening up this amazing resource directly to our veterans,” Jennett added. 

In order to participate in the program, military members just need to register online at Their membership is free.  For more information about the program, contact SSE at

Monday, October 26, 2015

Clif Bar Family Foundation Repeats Support of Sustainable Surplus

October 25, 2015 - San Diego – For the second year in a row, the Clif Bar Family Foundation (CBFF) chose to support local nonprofit, Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE).  The $5000 grant underlines the parallel mission of the two organizations – conserving resources and effecting social and environmental change.

“Among the many organizations we support, Sustainable Surplus continues to stand out as one that offers social and environmental change,” according to Carrie Walle, CBFF program associate.  

The two organizations share several parallel missions - reducing waste while conserving resources and producing green jobs.  Sustainable Surplus diverts unnecessary corporate waste from the landfills by providing companies a direct channel to repurpose their out of use assets to local schools and nonprofit organizations. 

“We have engaged 200 corporations to directly support more than 400 local community organizations with still-useful items,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni.  In just four years, SSE has served 30,000 teachers, students, nonprofit beneficiaries and entrepreneurs. 

SSE handles everything from office supplies and furniture to computers and laboratory equipment.  It has repurposed $1.7 million of assets, diverting 400,000 pounds of useable items from going to the landfill.  “

“This grant also supports SSE’s need to increase its capacity to handle the growing asset donations, and as a result, create green jobs in our community,” said Prelozni. It’s a triple win for the environment, community organizations and commerce.

About Clif Bar Family Foundation

Founded in 2006 by Clif Bar & Company Owners & Co-Chief Visionary Officers Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized organizations working to strengthen the food system and communities, enhance public health and safeguard the environment and natural resources. For more information or to find out how to apply for a grant, visit

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sustainable Surplus Wins Award for Small Business

Oct 16, 2015 – Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) won the Small Business of the Year in the “Community Impact” category at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce awards event.  Several hundred small business owners, community leaders and governmental representatives joined in the celebration held today at the Carlsbad Sheraton Resort.

SSE had been nominated in three categories:  Community Impact, Cornerstone and Woman-Owned or Founded business.  “That’s a first,” commented Chamber president, Ted Owen, when he called their CEO, Sue Prelozni to tell her SSE was a finalist.  The Chamber awards recognize the accomplishments and entrepreneurship of small business owners – the backbone of our economy representing 99.7 percent of all employers in the country.

SSE Board Director Aaron Brooks with Sue Prelozni, CEO
Sustainable Surplus was founded by Ms. Prelozni and launched in 2011. She recognized a need to manage the fall-out of the biotechnology industry’s constant flux – mergers, acquisitions, drug failures, depleted funding. As a result, thousands of still-useful assets were left behind for disposal. Resellers were only buying capital assets. Prelozni designed an innovative donation channel to redistribute left-over assets to fulfill the growing needs of struggling nonprofits, schools and start-ups.

“This has been quite an experience – a lot of passion mixed in with hard work and faith,” commented Prelozni.  “SSE has been blessed by the support of many committed people who volunteer their time to achieve the mission of building a sustainable community.”

SSE has benefited more than 30,000 teachers, students, nonprofit staff and beneficiaries, and start-up entrepreneurs throughout San Diego County.  Of the 400 organizations SSE has supported, more than 10 percent are in Carlsbad.  Today, 200 companies have engaged in sustainable practices and have donated, not disposed, $1.7 million of still usable assets to the program.  As a result, SSE helped divert 374,000 pounds of items from the landfills.

SSE is now in a position to expand its outreach and impact and will be in need of additional warehouse space.  “As the social responsibility of local companies grows, more assets are being donated. Our distribution efforts are doubling and we will need to hire more people to support the community organizations,” Prelozni explained.

SSE Board Advisor Sandy Atkinson wth Sue Prelozni, CEO
The theme for today’s event was “Rising Tides,” based on the idiom "a rising tide lifts all boats," coined by John F Kennedy.  It describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it. The idiom is actually from the New England regional chamber of commerce.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SSE Featured at Woman of Success Expo

Come join the celebration of WOMEN OF SUCCESS - NORTH COUNTY EXPO - The organization is launching the expansion to North County on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Master of Ceremony:  Dr. Ruben Garcia, District Director
Small Business Administration - San Diego

Hear from women business owners on networking, gain insight on how to take a challenge to success. Learn how to network and gain net worth. All women are invited to exchange solutions, find power partners and grow your client base. 


Sustainable Surplus is a the nonprofit business spotlight of this event and new member to the "Women of Success."

For more information,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Autumn Sale This Saturday

Mark your calendar for the big Autumn Sale on Saturday, September 19! This IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Everything on sale -- exchange fees are about 10% of resale value.  Computer monitors only $20-$25.  Office chairs starting at $20; desks starting at $40.  Oodles of stackable chairs in stock.  
Be there or Be Square!
9 am - 12 noon.  SSE Warehouse - 760 Shadowridge Dr., Vista.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Leila Janah Speaks at San Diego Women Changemakers

One of the most incredible women and nonprofit leaders I've ever met - is how SSE executive director Sue Prelozni described Leila Janah, founder of SamaSource.  Sue attended the event, "Lean In to the Future: San Diego Women Changemakers," hosted by the San Diego Charitable Foundation. Janah was the featured presenter and described how she turned a need into a solution through the founding of SamaSource.  The organization does global resourcing for digital projects and creates jobs for the underprivileged and overlooked people of developing countries.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Record Breaking BYOB!

Our August back to school BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) event was a huge hit! About 165 teachers and non-profit staff members showed up and filled a box with FREE supplies, with a second box costing only $5.
Did you know that public school teachers typically spend hundreds- even thousands- of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies?

"The BYOB was very well organized and we got many great supplies for our teachers for the start of the school year," said Wiebke Elbe, Principal at German Pacific School. "Since we are just setting up a children's library it was very helpful for us to get things like a cash box and book ends."

So where does all this stuff come from?
Our mission at Sustainable Surplus is to "Turn Corporate Excess into Community Assets." The items we receive are donations from local companies who are moving, downsizing or just de-cluttering and want to see their excess items go to a good cause and not to the landfill. Thanks to their generosity, our August BYOB event repurposed thousands of dollars of supplies, while keeping hundreds of pounds of waste from the landfill.


Want to get in on the BYOB fun?
Teachers and nonprofit staff can sign up for a FREE membership on our website: 

Want to Donate?
If you are a company with excess assets- from paperclips to conference tables- contact us at  We can help repurpose your items into the local educational and non-profits communities and make a whole bunch of teachers very happy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back to School BYOB This Thursay!

Teachers, nonprofit staff - Please remember to RSVP for the big Back to School BYOB!
Time to replenish your cabinets with supplies.
And there are oodles of supplies in the warehouse collected from our donors all summer -

Not in the system yet?  Sign up as a member!  Free for teachers, nonprofits.

Friday, August 7, 2015

San Diego County Supervisors Support SSE

Three San Diego County Supervisors continued to support SSE and its mission to serve community organizations with repurposed items.
Supervisors Bill Horn, Dave Robert and Greg Cox granted $14,500 through the Community Enhancement program.  The funds are earmarked for Sustainable Surplus’ ENGAGE! San Diego program.

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. 
Volunteers from Cobra Puma Golf helped sort incoming supplies
“We accept everything from office supplies to furniture, computers and lab equipment,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.  All items are redirected back into community schools, nonprofits and start-up organizations.
Employees at Jenny Craig gathering surplus for donation

For more information about ENGAGE! contact Christine or Sue at: 888-780-4416 or
SpyOptic team kicks in to help organize their donation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CobraPuma Golf Gives Back!

Sustainable Surplus Exchange is happy to continue our relationship with CobraPuma Golf’s Carlsbad Headquarters and their volunteer employee team. 

CobraPuma Golf was previously a participant in SSE’s ENGAGE! Program and they chose us as their latest volunteer site. CPG allow their employees to volunteer in the community a total of two days per year- paid! In fact, CPG has quite an extensive sustainability plan throughout their worldwide operations. Learn more HERE

The CPG team was a fun, enthusiastic group who helped us sort and separate many pallet-fulls of various office supplies destined for our Bring Your Own Box event for teachers. They were very efficient organizers and we got a lot done in just a couple of hours.

Thanks so much for your help CPG team! We look forward to more collaborations in the future! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SSE Raises $4500 at Christmas in July Event

Sustainable Surplus raised over $4500 at its Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 18.  The event was an open house, inviting local teachers, nonprofit staff, and small businesses to enjoy incredible savings on much-needed assets for their organizations.

“It was a twofold celebration,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni, “of our new alliance with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and our new collaboration with the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF). 

SBA lead economic development specialist, Rosa Rodarte, was on hand to engage with the start-up and small businesses regarding the guidance and support available to help them to succeed in their mission.

The SDFF team had a kiosk of IT equipment, with refurbished computer systems priced very affordably at only $120.  Gary Knight, SDFF executive director, answered many questions about their STEM educational assistance accessible to all organizations.

“What a great service you provide,” was the declaration of a patron of local nonprofit Petra House. It was the recurring theme of the day.
Celebrating Christmas in July: front Rosa Rodarte (SBA) Christine Bevilacqua (SSE)
and behind Sue Prelozni and Larry Cisneros of SSE

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SSE Forms Collaboration with San Diego Futures Foundation

Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) and the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) have entered into a collaboration, creating a partnership to promote sustainable and equitable solutions in the community.  The missions of the two organizations run parallel in their goals to repurpose still useful assets to organizations in need. 

Today’s financial landscape compels nonprofits to seek strategic alliances to access a partner’s resources, including markets, technologies, capital and people.  Teaming up with other organizations adds complementary resources and capability, enabling participants to grow and expand more quickly and efficiently.

SDFF and SSE plan to leverage their alliance to extend their technical and operational resources. “In the process, we will save time and boost productivity,” said Gary Knight, SDFF Executive Director. “And we will be able to concentrate on innovation and our core missions.”

SDFF provides refurbished computers, IT services and educational programs for nonprofit organizations. “We also provide technology resource to disadvantaged community members and the elderly,” said Knight.  Additionally, the Foundation focuses on technology training leading to industry certification for the development of job skills for the underserved.

Sustainable Surplus works with local businesses to find homes for their out-of-use assets – everything from office supplies to furniture and lab equipment – by repurposing them to educational, nonprofit and start-up organizations. By extending the useful life of items, SSE has diverted over 400,000 pounds of solid waste from the landfill.

“We see this collaboration as a unique opportunity to combine resources to assure the success of our missions and increase the outreach and impact in our community,” said SSE Executive Director Sue Prelozni.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on July 1, which outlines their shared goals, achieving a green and sustainable economy, while engaging commerce with the community. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Datron Gives SSE $10,000 in Key Support

In a tremendous show of support Datron World Communications gifted $10,000 to Sustainable Surplus. 

Datron has been an asset donor to SSE for over three years, donating everything from office supplies and furniture to electronic equipment.  “We are very grateful to Datron for not only supporting the mission and local community organizations, but for embracing our goal of environmental sustainability,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.

Datron employee Danny Pate sponsored SSE and made the request of the corporate foundation for the $10,000. 

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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas in July at SSE

It will be “Christmas in July” at Sustainable Surplus on July 18.

SSE is hosting a Summer Sale at its Vista warehouse with items discounted up to 50%. The event is Open to the Public and starts at 9 am until 12 noon.

“There has been an increase in donations since we launched our ENGAGE! program, working with local companies and their employees towards sustainability,” said executive director Sue Prelozni. 
The sale will help clear out the warehouse and make room for more incoming inventory.

The San Diego Futures Foundation will host a kiosk of computer systems for sale.  The systems include refurbished hardware and Windows 7 software and start at only $120.

To become a member of SSE and be invited to open house sales or events, please sign up here: .  Members who register receive a $5 coupon for the sale.

For more information:


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cobra Puma Joins ENGAGE! Program

It was, simply put, a very fun day as Sustainable Surplus launched its ENGAGE! program at Cobra Puma Golf (CPG) in Carlsbad on Wednesday, June 24.
“Our goal was to ENGAGE employees in the mission of sustainability by helping them repurpose their out-of-use items back into the community,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.  CPG made employee engagement incredibly easy because they tied the launch in with its annual Cornhole Game Toss event.
What is Corn Hole Toss, you ask?  So did we!

CPG employees compete in Cornhole
“It’s a bit like horseshoes where you try to throw a bag  full of corn husks through a hole on a wooden box called a cornhole platform,” said Rich Ruzylo, Facilities and Environmental Safety Manager at CPG.
According to the American Association of Cornhole, (yes, there is one!) contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.

“What a blast!”, Prelozni weighed in. The CPG Cornhole event lasts several days.  The two person teams – from all departments – are excluded at each round.  Stay tuned for the outcome!
While CPG encourages fun events for team building, the company is very serious about its sustainability efforts. They set up a big display in its lobby to remind employee to participate in ENGAGE!.  Employees are encouraged to ‘clear the clutter’ in their closets, drawers, storage spaces and make room for reuse.

True to its corporate culture, the company set up a friendly competition to see who would collect the most for donation and diversion from the landfill.  The winning team wins a pizza lunch.
More fun photos:
Cobra Puma Team Mascot - "CHIEF"

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sustainable Surplus' Family Is Growing

Congratulations to board director, Dave Lange and his wife, Kate, on the newest member of their (and our extended) family!
Please join us in welcoming River James Lange into the community!
Born June 8, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Sustainable Surplus!

Sustainable Surplus celebrated its 4th year with a Birthday BYOB. The famous Bring Your Own Box event invites teachers and nonprofit staff to come to the warehouse with an empty box and fill it with FREE office supplies.  

More than 50 of our constituents attended, singing “Happy Birthday” to staff and founder, Sue Prelozni.

A good time was had by all.  While teachers and nonprofits came for FREE items, they also bought oodles of furniture and computers. 

The event was sponsored by RMG Recycling.  According to CEO Armen Derderian, "RMG supports Sustainable Surplus because we believe in their cause.  They fill a vital void in the marketplace by finding a use through a well-established network of end users for quality products that aren't ready for or easily recycled"

Sustainable Surplus has repurposed valuable assets to over 400 local schools, nonprofits and start-ups.  As a result, SSE diverted 400,000 pounds of solid waste from the landfill.  Close to 200 companies have engaged in SSE's program, donating $1.7 million of assets.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sustainable Surplus Success Story!

Following up on a donation in 2014, we found that some repurposed workstations were making a big difference in San Diego. Yulex Corporation, a company dedicated to the production of sustainable, natural rubber products, donated the workstations to us and we quickly found them a new life supporting a local Resource Access Program (RAP).

RAP in an innovative, award-winning program of the 9-1-1 emergency system in San Diego. RAP is a team of paramedics who engage with the most vulnerable patients in the community who misuse the 9-1-1 system for routine medical needs. The RAP program addresses the needs of these patients from a case-management approach in order to get these folks the help they need, without the unnecessary burden on taxpayers involved with frequent users of the 9-1-1 system.

Because RAP is a pilot program, the funding is very limited. Being able to purchase the workstations at a fraction of their resale value, the RAP team was thrilled to jump start their work with the proper equipment they needed to do this important work.

From Loralee Olejnik of Rural/Metro Ambulance:
 “Many times we forget the impact even the most basic giving can have. How simply could Yulex have tossed these cubes in the dumpster or listed a Craigslist ad to sell them? But now they will be used for years to combat homelessness and save lives... Thank you Yulex, for what you gave, and Sue and the Sustainable Surplus team for what you do.  Your donation supports the RAP team in its mission: Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation."

It’s stories like these that keep Sustainable Surplus working hard to Turn Corporate Excess into Community Assets! (and warms our hearts!)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sustainable Surplus Celebrates 4 Years

"It's been fun, exceedingly gratifying and a bit crazy," says SSE Founder and CEO Sue Prelozni.
To read about our journey, please click here
In just 4 years we have:
  • Engaged 195 companies in sustainable practices
  • Received and repurposed $1.7 million of reusable items
  • Benefited 350+ local schools, nonprofit and start-up organizations.
  • Supported 35,000 teachers, students, nonprofit 
  • Diverted 374,000 pounds of solid waste from the landfill

Picture History...
Student volunteers from Trade Tech High School
ENGAGE! at TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Binder & office supplies donation to Oceanside Unified

BYOBers having fun with FREE office supplies

ENGAGE! at Jenny Craig

Local biotech start-up Purum picking up needed items

We came for the BYOB.  I got a cookie!

Santa came to the holiday BYOB and gave out candycanes

Supervisor Dave Roberts, GE GM Randy Bull and SSE CEO Sue Prelozni

SD Supervisor Dave Roberts meets SSE team to give grant

SD Supervisor Bill Horn dons $15,000 grant to SSE Advisor
Diana Shapiro and SSE CEO Sue Prelozni

County Tax Assessor Dan McAllister shares recycle bins
with Lora Duzyk of SDCOE and SSE CEO Sue Prelozni
SD Supervisor Greg Cox gives award to Sue Prelozni
and celebrates Earth Day
Kids and moms from Vista VIDA program, get mugs,
visors and seeds to plant from SSE for Spring fun

Victory Dance by SSE CEO Sue Prelozni