Arc Thrift Stores is a 52 year old non-profit, with a mission to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They have 31 thrift stores and 4-5 warehouses throughout Colorado where they employ and educate people with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project Background

In addition to the thrift stores, Arc has a donation pick-up and recycling programs. Through these programs, they divert millions of pounds of goods from landfills every day with proceeds from the thrift stores being distributed to Arc, ACL and Advocacy Denver Chapters in Colorado. Arc would like to expand its environmental awareness and they are committing to adopting more sustainable practices. In an effort to lower their environmental footprint and better serve the community, Arc is requesting energy audits for their stores and/or warehouses. Arc is dedicated to serving the community while keeping the planet green. They are looking for energy audits to be performed at their stores and/or warehouses so that they can better understand what actions can be taken to lower their environmental footprint and reduce their operational costs so that they can better serve the community.

Project Scope

The scope of work includes performing energy audits at 2-3 of their stores and/or warehouses, with the potential of additional stores/warehouses after the first round is complete. We are looking for a volunteer team that would be willing to incorporate the Arc community at any level during this project as inclusivity is very important for the success of the project.

About the Community

Arc believes that their thrift stores are the heart of the community. They are one of Colorado’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and believe that by providing gainful and enriching employment and educational programming, people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities will thrive and gain independence. When members of the community choose to shop at Arc’s thrift stores, they are helping our planet while supporting a local charity. People with intellectual disabilities are typically low income. Arc allocates the majority of their funding to their chapters, Arc Academy and other programs. Any funds allocated to engineering services would divert funds from their primary programming and from their mission to empower the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.