Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) was named Small Business of the Year in the Community Impact category at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards. SSE is a local 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to build awareness about sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of waste by diverting items from the landfill – everything from office supplies to lab equipment – and redistributing them as donations to educational, charitable, and start-up organizations in need. SSE was founded by Sue Prelozni in 2011, and since then has benefited more than 30,000 teachers, students, nonprofits, and start-up entrepreneurs throughout San Diego County, more than 10 percent of which are located in Carlsbad. In addition, through the participation of more than 200 companies, the nonprofit’s program has donated $1.7 million worth of still usable assets, diverting 374,000 pounds of items from landfills. Sue commented, “This has been quite an experience – a lot of passion mixed in with hard work and faith. SSE has been blessed by the support of many committed people who volunteer their time to achieve the mission of building a sustainable community.”