Office Depot Helps Builders See Green

The South Florida chapter of the US. Green Building Council has partnered with Office Depot to create a Green Group Savings program for members of the South Florida USGBC chapter. Office Depot Inc.’s partnership with group-purchasing organization Windfall, Inc. follows hot on the heels of Office Depot’s merger with OfficeMax.

Sandra Lee, President of the USGBC South Florida Chapter says that the chapter is “proud to be the first organization in the USA to offer Windfall’s new Office Depot Green Group Savings Program…This is an exciting new benefit that helps our members get discounts on greener products for their everyday needs.”

Office Depot‘s Yalmaz Siddiqui, who is the Senior Director of Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy, adds that USGBC builders “who are supporting the growth of the green building movement have a natural propensity to also want to buy green. This new program simplifies their access to greener products, while providing substantial savings.”

Group-savings experts Windfall partnered with Office Depot to create a program that will provide members of the USGBC South Florida Chapter with substantial savings on the wide range of environmentally conscious office products available from Office Depot. The program will focus on the products available through Office Depot’s Green Book and the company’s GreenerOffice website.

Everything from paper products, ink & toner, break room supplies and storage solutions will be available through the program. This is the first program for USGBC chapters that focuses on group purchase power for greener products.

Windfall, Inc is excited that this “new program brings together two local champions of environmental sustainability.” Windfall CEO Donna Marks adds that “Both organizations have proven that building green is a sound economic strategy, and now with this program they’re helping make buying green even better for the bottom line.”

In the decade prior to the merger, Office Depot has collaborated frequently with Windfall to create group purchase savings programs for businesses, associations, and other nonprofit organizations. Following an established trend, this Green Group Savings Program is free to members of the USGBC South Florida Chapter, and there is no requirement that buyers meet a minimum volume threshold of purchases. The group savings plan applies to both in-store purchases and online orders.

To learn more about Office Depot’s new Green Group Savings Program, or to become a member of the USGBC South Florida Chapter, please visit

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