Nonprofit Spotlight: Sustainable Surplus Exchange

Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE), whose motto is “turning corporate excess into community assets,” serves the community through the practice of reuse and repurposing. Corporate surplus – usable, “retired” items – are no longer wasted but have a renewed purpose in the community, especially in educational and charitable institutions. Surplus is offered to those in need and consists of anything from office supplies and furniture to computers and laboratory equipment. Not only does this benefit the community but it benefits the environment as well by keeping items from unnecessarily entering landfills.


Founder, Sue Prelozni, was determined to reduce the waste of viable goods, and at the same time benefit her community with business-donated surplus. Since its creation in 2011, SSE has developed four programs that further help those in need: BYOB Event, Employee Environmental Education Day, Engage, and Success 4 Students. They also offer a resale shop and online store, Reuse 4 Good. For more information on SSE and its programs, please visit