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Industry Updates

All For Reuse

All For Reuse is a new initiative that seeks to drive investment in and uptake of commercial material reuse. The initiative seeks commitments from owners/operators of large building portfolios to use some level of reclaimed materials in forthcoming projects, specifically targeting large private companies, colleges and universities, and government agencies. The organizers are seeking interested parties from the reuse and architecture/engineering/construction fields to help shape the initiative and catalyze the launch of new reuse enterprises. To join this effort, visit or click here to complete the startup survey. All For Reuse collaborators include Andrew Ellsworth (Doors Unhinged), Frances Yang (Arup North America), Yarden Harari (CallistonRTKL), Emily English (GCI Contractors) and Alejandra Arce-Gomez (Madrone).

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California's Wood Product Reuse Greenhouse Gas Calculator

Whether you’re in California or not, the state’s new Greenhouse Gas Calculator Tool for wood and wood produce reuse is a big deal for our industry! It converts wood reuse into greenhouse gas emissions benefits in the language of climate experts – Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (MTCO2e).

The interface can be bit difficult to use, so please refer to the User Guide and reach out to us for more tips.

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Reuse in the News

On July 28th, Oakland City Council unanimously adopted the 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP). By centering equity and environmental justice, ECAP aims to achieve carbon neutrality in Oakland by 2045 through profound transformation of the city's building, transportation, and waste sectors. Among the plan's impressive 40 Actions are commitments to establish a deconstruction requirement, as well as a community reuse and repair program.

Read more about the plan that's being called Oakland's Green New Deal!
CalRecycle recently announced the pilot cycle of its Reuse Grant Program, part of a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars toward reducing emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment. Applications from California-based organizations, local governments, and companies are due September 10, 2020.

Read more.

More news:
"Marketplace Morning Report: Eliminating the Concept of Waste from our Economy"
"Grants Boost Reuse of Building Materials in Hennepin County, Minnesota"
"Kamloops, BC Council to Get a Look at Deconstruction to Combat Climate Change"
"Unbuilders Deconstruction and Habitat For Humanity Awarded Grants from the Victoria Foundation"

"Urgent Issue: 10 Strategies to Decarbonize Architecture"
"Home “Eco”nomics – Window Replacement"
"Interior Design Firm’s Product Exchange Minimizes Construction & Demolition Waste"


Upcoming Events

September 16th

Join the Construction and Reuse Forum to learn about options for deconstruction and reuse in Western Pennsylvania. This full-day event will be led by Joe Connell (Square Nail Consulting) and will feature cases from around the region.

The forum is virtual and free, but online registration is required. Upon registration, please disregard the confirmation email requesting payment. This is an automated response that cannot be changed.

Register for Construction and Reuse Forum.
September 29th & 30th

World Circular Economy Forum goes online! The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is organizing WCEFonline together with the African Circular Economy Alliance, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the European Commission, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

WCEFonline will dive into why and how a circular economy can help reboot and build resilience in the economy.

Register for WCEFonline.
October 1st

The Anti-Racist Business Virtual Summit offers the opportunity to learn from founders, leaders, and racial justice experts about what it means to be an anti-racist company and how businesses of all sizes can create and support diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations.

This free online event is organized by Be Social Change, Certified B Corporation, Generation Titans, and REUNION.

Register here.
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