The Challenge:

In 2012, many Harvard Law School departments transitioned into new offices in the Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical building. During the moves, HLS was committed to re-using furniture they no longer needed. 

The Solution:

HLS hosted two furniture freecycles at the Harvard Recycling warehouse in Allston, MA, for students, faculty and staff to reclaim furniture.

How They Did It

HLS sent Harvard Recycling about 12 tons of furniture for reuse.  At the request of the Law School, Harvard Recycling held all furniture in the warehouse until two scheduled Furniture FreeCycles, which were open only to members of the HLS community.  After the two freecycles, Harvard Recycling opened up the goods to local charities and needy individuals.

On the two Furniture FreeCycle dates, nearly 1,000 pieces of furniture and equipment were given away to over 75 members of the Law School community.  Visitors picked up chairs, tables, desks, file cabinets, coat racks, sofas, upholstered chairs, coffee tables, computer work stations, and office supplies.

After the events, there was enough left over to send 200 stacking chairs to the Lawrence Historical Society (thanks to Dick Purinton, Harvard Class of 1951); student desks to the City Sprouts school gardening program, desks and file cabinets to the Boston Area Youth Organizing Project; chairs, file cabinets and tables for Sports Legacy Foundation, 20 chairs to Our Lady's Church, and another 100 chairs to the Honduras Reconstruction Project.