Case studies

Higher education

Reuse as Standard Practice at The University of Central Missouri

The University of Central Missouri is home to 9,500 undergraduate and over 2,000 graduate students...

Boston University’s Basketball Floor Gets a New Home In Jamaica

(June 2010)  January 2005 was a bad month for the floor at Boston University’s Brown...

Drexel University – Perfectly Good Stuff, and Nowhere to Put it

As a leading school in environmental engineering, Drexel practices what it preaches. Drexel has a...

Joplin Tornado Relief – Irn, Boston University, The University of Central Missouri, and Staples Join Forces to Make a Difference

When we heard about the Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011, our first reaction was the shock that was...

Howard University – Eight-Dormitory Cleanout in Downtown Dc

OVERVIEW Howard University requested the removal of 315 sets of dormitory furniture from a total of...

Small Quantity Surplus at San Jose State University, Cost Savings and 100% Reuse

The Issue:  Small Quantities of Surplus San Jose State University (SJSU) has a student...

A Quick-Turnaround Project at MIT Snatches 834 Pieces from the Dumpster

OVERVIEW MIT is carrying out a complete gut-renovation of the 1938 Sloan Building, for decades the...

Westfield State to Port-Au-Prince – Bettering the Lives of Haitian Children

OVERVIEW The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) approached IRN to discuss a...

Reuse as Standard Practice at Notre Dame

Overview The University of Notre Dame has an active sustainability program, with a serious...

Art of Philadelphia – 17 Floors, 4,800 Pieces, all at Night

Overview The Art Institute of Philadelphia turned over a 550-student downtown dormitory for...

Reuse as a Way of Life, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

The Perelman School of Medicine has had a longstanding relationship with Steelcase and their...

Bucknell University to Three African Countries

OVERVIEW Home to about 180 students, Roberts Hall is one of the oldest dormitories on the Bucknell...

Seton Hall Redirects 220 Sets of Dorm Furniture from Landfill

Overview: In early 2015, Seton Hall University confirmed an order for about 220 sets of new...

Binghamton University – Over 1,000 Pieces of Residential Furniture Captured for Reuse

“Connecting our state-contract moving vendor with IRN was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve...

A Half-Million Pounds of Furniture Saved From the Landfill: University of Illinois

Since 2013, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has kept a half-million pounds...

At Southern New Hampshire University: 1,100 Residential Furnishings Provided to Communities in Five Countries

Overview Offering more than 20 Environmental Science degree programs, Southern New Hampshire...

Corporate

Reuse & Amp; Recycling in a 1930’s Manufacturing Plant – 127 Tons Reused and Recycled, 38% Cost Savings

Overview A large national manufacturer asked IRN to clean out a retired manufacturing facility in...

Sheraton Boston Hotel Provides 600 Surplus Items to El Salvador Charity

OVERVIEW The Sheraton Boston Hotel accumulated an inventory of over 600 pieces of guest room...

Tech Corp Headquarters – Redeployment, Reuse, Recycling, and Zero Waste

SUMMARY Situation: A Fortune 500 technology firm moved its headquarters staff from leased space...

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Boston) Provides 1,800 Items for Reuse

OVERVIEW Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital moved to a new campus in April 2013.  After moving...

National Consulting Firm: 5 States, 14 Projects, 9 Recipient Organizations

OVERVIEW This IRN client is one of the best known environmental consulting firms in the U.S...

Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center – Saving Time, Space, and Money

Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass. called IRN for a simple mattress...

California Tech Firm Recovers more than 6,200 Pieces from Headquarters Move

OVERVIEW Moving to a new corporate campus, this expanding technology firm determined that its most...

Wilkes-Barre to El Salvador – a Christmas Present

OVERVIEW King’s College purchased the downtown Ramada Inn in Wilkes-Barre for conversion to...

West Coast Corporate Campus, 2,440 Pieces, 8 Trailers, 6 Weeks

Overview This Fortune 100 firm initiated replacement of furnishings from some 375 offices at its...

A Three-Year Series of Projects Recovers >41,000 Items for Reuse

OVERVIEW This Fortune 500 client is one of the best known environmental and business services firms...

10 Locations, 54 Load Dates, 16,300 Pieces to Reuse – Going all out for Red Thread

Situation:  A large nationwide bank refreshed seating and other furnishings at hundreds of...

A Fortune 100 Tech Firm Places Nearly 2,500 Items for Reuse

Situation:  Renovation of 75,000 sq ft of office space housing approximately 1,900...

A Top-15 U.S. Bank, Steelcase, and Sustainability

Situation:  Renovation of approximately 20,000 square feet of upper-floor office space...

K-12

Tahanto Regional Middle/High School, Boylston, Mass. Provides 1,200 Surplus Items to Charity

The Berlin-Boylston Regional School District (Mass.) moved into a new middle/high School in January...

Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA

BACKGROUND Established in 1851, Bellarmine College Preparatory is one of the oldest Jesuit high...

Wellesley High School – 4,800 Items, 21 Trailers, 4 Days

SUMMARY Situation:  The town of Wellesley, Mass. dedicated a new high school in February...

Newton North High School (Mass.) – 4,200 Surplus Items Provided To Jamaica, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua

OVERVIEW The City of Newton opened a new high school in 2010.  Decommissioning the old school...

15,000 Student Desks, Chairs, and Tables Reused Instead of Thrown Away — Jefferson County, Colorado

Overview The Jefferson County Public School District manages 154 schools spread across nearly 800...

A Win-Win-Win at the Kent Place School, New Jersey

“The Kent Place School said they had two weeks to empty the entire building.  IRN responded...

Norfolk (VA) Public Schools Refresh Six Cafeterias, Send Five Tractor-Trailers to Reuse

Overview The Norfolk (VA) School District implemented cafeteria upgrades at six of its elementary...

Best Option Financially, Socially, and for the Environment: Town of Holbrook, Massachusetts

Situation:  In June 2017 the town of Holbrook, MA brought online a new consolidated PK-12 campus...

Fresno Unified School District, CA / 6,200 School Desks Provided to Kids in Six Countries

Overview: The Fresno Unified School District undertook an upgrade of furnishings at its middle...

Addison Vermont School High School Furniture to El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Zambia

Composition (Phase 1) Destinations The inventory from Phase 1 filled four overseas shipping...
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