Deconstruction & Reuse News and Info
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BMRA - "working to make decon and reuse the norm again".


Crazy Early Bird Registration
now through April 30th.... 

Register now and save 33%   [gotta say it again, you'd be crazy not to...]

Conference date: October 28-30th

New Conference feature this year "Bring the Team" 

We want to attract more of the midlevel management and others on your team that may not usually get to attend. We know many of our typical attendees are the head of the org, or business, and that most of the day to day is controlled by the people that don't usually get to come learn from each other. So this year...

Register 2 folks [even at the crazy early bird price] and the third is free. Register 3 folks and you get to bring 2 for free! 
[must be staff, board, or key volunteers of your org/business]

Keynote Speaker

 Francesca Russello Ammon

author of

"Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape"

Francesca Russello Ammon is Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. She is a cultural historian of urban planning and the built environment. Her research focuses on the social, material, and cultural life of North American cities, from World War II to the present. She is particularly interested in the history of urban revitalization, with an emphasis on urban renewal; the dynamic relationship between cities and nature; public history as a tool for community-based research and engagement; and the ways that visual culture has shaped understanding of what cities are, have been, and should be. Ammon is the author ofBulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for the best book on American city and regional planning history. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Planning HistoryJournal of Urban HistoryJournal of Planning Education & ResearchPreservation Education & ResearchChange Over Time, and Technology & Culture. In her current research, she is studying the relationships between urban renewal and historic preservation in the cities of Philadelphia and Montreal. While at Penn, Ammon has been a fellow of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, a member of the Mellon-sponsored colloquium on Humanities + Urbanism + Design, and a researcher on the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s project on “Architecture and/for Photography.” Prior to joining Penn, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Ammon’s work has received support from institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Society of Architectural Historians, Whiting Foundation, and Ambrose Monell Foundation.

As we all know our work is intimately entwined with community development and empowerment. So I'm excited that Francesca is joining us, her work gets at the heart of why our movement started, as a reaction to the destruction of neighborhoods, systems of reuse, and the abandonment of wisely utilizing our natural resources. Before WWll decon and reuse was the norm, to get back to that place it's essential to understand why and how things changed. I think Francesca will set a profound backdrop for how we move forward in our industry to engage cities everywhere in reuse and deconstruction. Joe

Buzz-saw: news in & around our industry...

Instructive photo "journey" tracks flow of materials from demolition sites in New York
Getting to Zero NYC has put together an entertaining and informative journey of materials from a demolition site.  This kind of feature may help people better understand where materials go, and what they can do to improve the recovery of reusable and recyclable materials. Take a look!

What is conventional solid waste management?
WM CEO Jim Fish talks about how company addresses major environmental issues with their strategy.

Kresge Foundation puts up over $1.2 Million for climate resilience
The Kresge Foundation announced plans to provide grants up to $100,000 each to community non-profits toward projects improving climate resilience in terms of health outcomes, and with a racial and social justice lens.

The "milkman" model is coming back
This article from GreenBiz talks about the resurgence of reuse in the form of "recommerce", milkman style delivery with reusable packaging, as well as a rise in repair of consumer items.  Making reuse a stronger part of that famous trio...

Artist celebrates salvage and history in paintings
Corey Bonnet makes oil paintings on salvaged material from Pittsburgh teardowns. He not only keeps materials out of the waste stream -- he also records images that tell stories about the historical built environment of Pittsburg. Learn more.

Getting in the Loop
Stay connected to what's happening in circular economy - listen to the new weekly podcast: Getting In the Loop. Each week host Katie Whalen interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and explore our progress to a more circular society. New episodes released each Monday @12 CET; Listen at

Research and Reports

In this new section we will be posting jobs, reports, research papers, both new and old that we think are relevant to our industry. Posts will then be added to our Library as well. 

Portland Oregon - Deconstruction Summary Report

On October 31st, 2016, the City of Portland instituted an ordinance requiring the deconstruction of all residential homes and duplexes built prior to 1917 or possessing a historical designation. This report provides background on the industry in anticipation of the requirement, and an examination of what has occurred in the year following the ordinance’s passage.

LEAN Principles for Reuse Operations - if you missed out webinar with Brion and Matt last month you can listen here, and check out the slides here.

Job Opportunity
Hennepin County Minnesota - "Construction & Demolition WasteSpecialist
(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!)

(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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