Windfall, Inc., a leading group savings program for small to medium-sized businesses, was honored with the Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award from Office Depot/OfficeMax. This special recognition celebrates Windfall’s commitment to driving the market for eco-conscious products and help in making a more positive impact on the planet.

In 2014, Office Depot/OfficeMax, and Windfall launched the first-of-its-kind Green Group Savings Program to help buying green products more accessible and inexpensive. Windfall members use this program to access substantial savings on eco-conscious products, ranging from paper products and ink & toner, to cleaning and breakroom supplies.

“It is important to recognize and appreciate that proper and effective green purchasing doesn’t simply lead to environmental benefits, but also helps purchasers reduce full life-cycle costs and thus save money,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “We are honored to receive this important award and we’d like to thank the Office Depot/OfficeMax for recognizing Windfall as a leader in the greener purchasing initiative.”

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The awards were presented during Office Depot’s Eighth Annual Leadership in Greener Purchasing Awards ceremony held in Denver on Oct. 8, 2015, alongside the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference. Other Office Depot award recipient organizations included:

• Best Buy
• City of Chicago
• DaVita HealthCare Partners
• DHL
• Greystar Real Estate Partners
• International Monetary Fund (IMF)
• Rush Enterprises
• Spirit Airlines
• Strategic Source
• Teva Pharmaceuticals

Prior to the awards, Office Depot hosted an educational summit during which speakers from Best Buy, Davita, Office Depot and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council presented on best practices in sustainable purchasing. David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) delivered the keynote address.

“Greener purchasing of office supplies serves as a good platform from which to gauge an organization’s overall environmental commitment,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Sustainability for Office Depot. “We’re proud to recognize organizations that show true leadership in greener purchasing and hope they serve as models for others to follow.”

To start your free membership in Windfall’s Green Group Savings Program, please visit green.savingcenter.net.