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South Florida Green Building Community Can Now Save More on Greener Purchases

Office Depot and Windfall Partner to Launch Green Group Savings Program; Provides U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) South Florida Chapter Members Discounts on Eco-Conscious Office Products

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:33 pm EDT

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CAPE CORAL & BOCA RATON, Fla.

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"We're very excited that our new program brings together two local champions of environmental sustainability"

CAPE CORAL & BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has partnered with Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Windfall, Inc., a group purchasing organization, to create a first-of-its-kind Green Group Savings Program for members of the USGBC South Florida Chapter.

Windfall, the group savings experts, worked with Office Depot to develop an extensive program that will provide USGBC South Florida Chapter members access to substantial savings on eco-conscious products, ranging from paper products and ink & toner, to cleaning and breakroom supplies, featured in the 10th Anniversary of The Green Book® from Office Depot and on the company’s GreenerOffice™ website. The partnership marks the first such customized group savings program for USGBC Chapters focused on greener products.

“We're very excited that our new program brings together two local champions of environmental sustainability," said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “This is an exciting partnership -- the USGBC South Florida Chapter, a member-organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and Office Depot, long recognized as an environmental leader with its outstanding green-products, practices and solutions. 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.”

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

This Green Groups Savings Program is also a first for Office Depot. “We saw a great opportunity to create the first group savings program for a USGBC Chapter, right here in our backyard,” explained Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy for Office Depot. “South Florida Chapter members 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.”

Windfall and Office Depot have collaborated for more than a decade to provide a variety of group savings for businesses and associations. Like other group savings programs developed by Windfall, Office Depot’s Green Group Savings Program for the USGBC South Florida Chapter is free to Chapter members, with no obligations to achieve certain volume thresholds of purchases. To maximize convenience, savings apply to in-store as well as online purchases.

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

About Windfall

Windfall, Inc. is a group purchasing organization connecting members directly to great savings from preferred suppliers. Established in 1996, the company has grown with the buying power of hundreds of thousands of business members across the nation. Windfall negotiates outstanding money-saving discounts from brand-name suppliers on the products and services businesses use every day. The company's Association division helps organizations attract and retain members with custom designed, turn-key benefit programs. For more information, visit http://getwindfall.com

About USGBC South Florida Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, a nonprofit (501[c][3]) organization, serves five Branches across the region. The Chapter has nearly 6,000 dedicated members and friends committed to transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a sustainable and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment for people to live, work, learn and play. One of 76 USGBC Chapters across the nation, the South Florida Chapter's volunteer leadership provides programs and activities designed to educate, enlighten and empower the region to adopt an approach to building that is ecologically and economically sustainable. For more information, visit http://usgbcsf.org.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs more than 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 58 countries with more than 2,000 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, and DiVOGA.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Additional information about the recently completed merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax can be found at http://officedepotmaxmerger.com. Office Depot is also well regarded as an environmental leader, having ranked as America’s #1 Greenest Large Retailer in Newsweek Magazine’s green rankings in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Details can be found at: http://officedepotcitizenship.com/.

Contact:

USGBC South Florida Chapter
Lee Cooke, 561-373-7367
Executive Director
lcooke@usgbcsf.org
or
Office Depot
Melissa Perlman, 561-310-9921
Melissa.Perlman@officedepot.com
or
Windfall, Inc.
Holly Boldrin, 239-267-2638, 239-887-9335 (cell)
hboldrin@getwindfall.com