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 Assistant Superintendent Visits Sustainable Surplus

Lora Duzyk, Dan McAllister, and Sue Prelozni at Sustainable SurplusCounty Treasurer Dan McAllister and San Diego County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Lora Duzyk recently visited Sustainable Surplus Exchange’s warehouse facility. This was McAllister’s second visit. “I really wanted Lora to see the good work Sustainable Surplus is doing,” he said.
Duzyk and McAllister were able to observe first-hand all the preparation SSE’s team accomplished for their next BYOB – Bring-Your-Own-Box event. 

At the event, attendees are invited to bring an empty box and fill it with free office supplies. “We are expecting over 50 teachers and another dozen or more nonprofit charges to attend,” said Sue Prelozni, SSE executive director. 

As 90 percent of a teacher’s budget is office supplies, Duzyk was keen to learn about the BYOB and get the word out to the 42 school districts she works with. She commented, “This would be a tremendous help to any teacher in our county.” 

In addition to office supplies, teachers have access to furniture and lab supplies for a small handling fee. “They often come for the free supplies, but leave with an additional chair or bookcase,” Prelozni added.​

Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves all of San Diego County. SSE fosters the donation of surplus assets from commerce and repurposes those assets back into the community, namely schools and other nonprofit organizations. SSE's goal is to keep excess out of the landfill while supporting its community.  Visit for more information.


Photo: San Diego County Treasurer Dan McAllister, accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Lorz Duzyk, embraced the mission of Sustainable Surplus last week while touring the organization's facility.