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Conference date: October 28-30th

Location:   Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

"One of the Greenest Buildings in the World"

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. It is the first and only building to meet four of the highest green certifications: Living Building Challenge, LEED® Platinum,  Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™)WELL Building Platinum project (pilot)

The BMRA has reserved a block of rooms at the

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
[15 minute walk from Phipps Center
100 Lytton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

$129.00 / night 
$15 / night for parking

If you call to make a reservation tell them you are there for the BMRA conference.  Block is good from 10/27 to 10/30.  Remember last year we filled our block so make your plans early!
Reserve Now

Call for Speakers!

This years program will be built around a new theme based on what makes reuse and deconstruction so important. At BMRA we believe that reuse/decon is essential because it helps us rebuild our communities!

So we would like to hear from you! Rather than our traditional call for "presentations" we want to broaden that to educational workshops, panel discussions, and interactive problem solving. This year we are not thinking to just look at what has happened over the last year but have discussions about how we move into the future together as an industry dedicated to making a difference. 

To this end we are going to have 3 tracks built around 
Build[ings] - how we build, design, and deconstruct
Reuse Economics - how we manage and sell materials
Communities - how we engage, support, and strengthen 

Our times together in large groups will then focus on the convergence of these three areas. 

Please email for ideas, questions, thoughts. 
We'll have a form out soon, but just wanted to get ideas going here. 

Will process improvement methods from manufacturing work with reuse? by Brion Hurley

Why can't we get ahead of our back room? 
Why are some of my staff waiting on others to finish their work so they can start there's?
How do I get product through the store, site, or warehouse more quickly so I can move more product?
Why is there never enough time...?

If this sounds like you then you really need to join Brion Hurley and Matt Horvat and hear how LEAN principles can help you work with your team to turn your seamingly chaotic and overwhelming hog podge of processes into a dynamic, fun and productive operation. 

"LEAN priciples are simple, basic, and astoundingly effective. I have seen Brion and Matt's presentation before and know of their work in Portland and can easily say I wish I had discovered them years earlier. Their simple and effective tools could have saved me years of anguish at the Portland ReStores." - Joe Connell

When these programs are supported by top leadership in the organization, and implemented with a focus on the long term, they can also engage employees, mitigate risks, improve safety and improve sustainability.

On March 26th at 1:00pm EST, join Brion Hurley and Matt Horvat will go much deeper into this topic with a BMRA webinar on Lean principles applied to the reuse industry. Join us here! add to your calendar here 

Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement in Portland, Oregon. He teaches Lean and Six Sigma classes, facilitates workshops and events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors employees through improvement efforts. He is the author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good: How improvement experts can help people in need, and help improve the environment.”
(By the way, we'd love to include YOUR voice in future issues of this BMRA newsletter.  Let us know if you have ideas for topics, or if you'd like to contribute an article!)

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