Goodwill Shows Commitment to Environment

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Goodwill's corporate colors are blue and white, but the nonprofit agency can include green in its color palette.

Each of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania's 43 stores and other locations received a Class-G rating from Pittsburgh-based Class-G.org for using sustainable and environmentally safe practices when updating the buildings.

Darin Postlewait, Goodwill's facilities director, said the organization worked for a year on ways to provide clean air, reduce waste and better use resources.

"It makes us more aware, and we're giving back to the environment by trying to be more sustainable," Postlewait said. "It's our way of giving back and moving forward, seeing as our green initiative goes along with Goodwill's renewal theme."

Class-G.org spokesman Dan Giovannitti said the company, founded by businessmen Joe Blattner and James Scalo ,provides companies with an online form that allows them to assess their level of sustainability.

"This is a self-certification program, so we provide companies with a list of the 100 best practices, which they use to evaluate their operations," Giovannitti said. Clients "not only use it for evaluations but as a strategic tool to plan ongoing improvements," he said.

Goodwill's Class-G rating across 43 locations is a remarkable feat, Giovannitti said.

"They are the only nonprofit we serve who has been willing to embrace sustainability," he said. "They're not only using it in all their locations, they're also preparing and developing plans for continuous improvements."

Class-G typically charges $700 per building for its plan but negotiated a rate with Goodwill, Giovannitti said. He did not specify how much Goodwill paid for the plan.

Each of Goodwill's buildings displays a Class-G rating plaque with quick response code, a type of barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone to give specifics about the building's sustainability features, said Robert Stape, vice president of retail at Goodwill. …