WestJet revives office furniture on Earth Day



    
    Airline donates furniture to worthy charities through Green Solution's
    Revive(TM) program
    

    CALGARY, April 22 /CNW/ - WestJet and Green Solutions celebrated Earth
Day today by delivering some of WestJet's office furniture to the Missing
Children Society of Canada.
    Since WestJetters started moving into their new Campus Building in
northeast Calgary in February, WestJet has been able to give furniture from
its other buildings new life through Green Solutions' Revive(TM) program which
aims to keep landfills free of unnecessary waste and provide relief to
deserving organizations.
    So far, close to 54 metric tonnes of product have been processed, with 85
per cent being diverted from landfills through donations to worthy
organizations, or through recycling of product using best environmental
practice.
    "It's great to be able to combine social, environmental and fiscal
responsibility into one act," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President
Culture and Communications. "When we decided to bring all our office
WestJetters together under one roof, it was important to us to keep
unnecessary waste from landfills and to find deserving new homes for our
office furniture."
    "We are very impressed by WestJet's LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) rated Campus Building and delighted they chose to do the
right thing and engage in the Revive program, which repurposes all redundant
assets to deserving and worthwhile organizations giving our planet relief from
landfill and helping those who need it most, when moving. We wish all
WestJetters good luck in their new home," said Jim Reid, CEO Green Solutions
North America Inc.

    
    Following are a few of the deserving organizations that have benefited
from WestJet office furnishings:

    - Missing Children Society           - Goodwill Industries of Alberta
      of Canada                          - Kirby Centre
    - Canadian National Institute        - Calgary Catholic School District
      for the Blind                      - Coalition for Equal Access to
    - Boys and Girls Club of Canada        Education
    - Youville Women's Residence         - Church Hill Family Park
    - Pro Bono Law Society               - Hope Street Outreach Centre
    - Mothers Against Drunk Driving      - Servants Anonymous Society of
    - Metro Church Calgary                 Calgary
    - Victory Bible College              - Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre
    - Calgary Alternative Support        - Ambrose University College
      Services                           - Ever Increasing Ministries
    - Alex Community Health Centre       - Sudanese Education Centre
    

    For more information about other concrete environmental steps WestJet has
taken both on the ground and in the air, please visit the Environment section
of westjet.com located under the About Us menu.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 55-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and
2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased
legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its
modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

    About Green Solutions

    Green Solutions North America Inc. (GSNAI) is an organization that
provides Corporate Social Responsibility Solutions. Through its innovative
program - Revive(TM) - affordably relieves companies of no longer needed
facility assets (furniture, supplies, equipment), avoids traditional landfill
destinations by redistributing those assets to schools, non-profits and health
facilities that are in need of additional resources to conduct their work.
    Green Solutions Charitable Trust is a fully registered charitable
organization. Revive(TM) is able to take items that have been retrieved from
client's offices and donate them to non-profits, schools, health care
facilities and other deserving and needy organizations locally, nationally and
internationally. Revive(TM) assumes title to the agreed upon merchandise and
is solely responsible for all related actions and claims, the title of these
assets is transferred to the beneficiaries. www.greensolutionsfoundation.org





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Robert Palmer, WestJet Media
Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), E-mail:
ropalmer@westjet.com; GSNAI Public Relations, telephone: (866) 496-4733,
E-mail: georgie.gannon@gsnai.com


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