Goodwill Facility Receives Energy Star Rating

Goodwill Industries of Akron Receives Energy Star Rating for Waterloo Road Facility

Help celebrate this milestone during Goodwill Industries Week, May 5-11

Akron, Ohio—April 18, 2013 Goodwill Industries of Akron today announced that it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for its Waterloo Road location.  This certification signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets the strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.  The agency plans to celebrate this award as part of its upcoming activities during Goodwill Industries Week.

Goodwill, being a community source for those who wish to reuse and recycle, has been minimizing climate change since its inception. For years, Goodwill has also minimized the disposal of donations not sold within the stores.  Goodwill will also showcase its efforts to fight climate change in its office operations as well, including educational and operational tactics; and will strive to continue to be a leader in the community with regards to reusing and recycling, thus limiting its effect on climate change.  “Minimizing Goodwill’s carbon footprint is about saving energy, but more importantly about saving money and the environment,” said Nan McClenaghan, President & CEO. “Goodwill has been moving toward improving its energy efficiency for several years, and is very excited to share with the community that its efforts to obtain an ENERGY STAR rating for its Waterloo Road facility have been met.”

About Goodwill Industries Week
Starting on the first full week of May, Goodwill Industries International marks Goodwill Industries Week, a time for local Goodwills to celebrate their successes and educate their communities about their mission—helping people with disabilities and disadvantages find good work.

Akron Goodwill plans to kick-off the week with “Behind the Scenes” tours of its corporate headquarters and Goodwill Industries Day with the Akron Aeros in Canal Park.  In addition, there will be special retail promotions, prize drawings and opportunities to learn how donations to Goodwill put people to work!   Goodwill will also share information with its visitors about how using less energy can help save money and help protect the climate; and urge them to make a change with ENERGY STAR®.

Details of Goodwill Industries Week events

  • Beginning Sunday, May 5th though May 11th, customers in Goodwill Industries of Akron’s retail stores will be treated to two 50% off colors.  Additionally, for those customers that spend a minimum of $15 and “round up their purchase to the next dollar” (donating the change to Goodwill), they will receive an additional stamp on their frequent shopper card. If a customer spends $20 and “rounds up”, they will receive 3 stamps and so on for each $10 increment.
  • Also from May 5th -11th customers are invited to enter a prize drawing for Goodwill gift cards.
  • Open House & Behind the Scenes toursof Goodwill’s Service Center at 570 E. Waterloo Road will be offered.
    • Sunday, May 5th from noon – 2:30 pm (Aeros game tickets will be included on prize wheel)
    • Thursday, May 9th 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Friday, May 10th 1:30 – 3:30 pm
    • Saturday,  May 11th noon to 3:30 pm (Orbit will be on hand to offer Aeros game tickets & greet fans)

Tours will begin every 15 minutes. No RSVP is required. Participants will have an opportunity to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win shopping totes and other giveaways, and on select days, tickets to upcoming Aeros games.

Questions can be directed to Brenda Baum, Communications Manager, at 330-786-2519 or

About Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Industries of Akron is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find, and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland, the Akron-based agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International, and a United Wayagency in Summitand MedinaCounties. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and contract services division. For more information about Goodwill, visit or call 800-989-8428.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2010 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 170 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to the annual emissions from 33 million vehicles—and saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).




Contact:    Brenda Baum,  Communications Manager
Office Direct:  (330) 786-2519    Mobile:   (330) 801-1848