BMRA NEWS                  SEPTEMBER 2018

 - news from the BMRA on the deconstruction and reuse industry - 
Building Material Reuse Association - "working to create a vibrant building materials economy as part of a world without waste".
Decon & Reuse 18  -  Highlights!

“What a great conference!”
Sergey Belov, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD
Project Management & Construction Services
The University of Texas at Austin

“Thanks again for a great conference. One of the best I’ve been to in a while!”
Caroline Lund, MS, CHMM | Environmental Health Specialist II
Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health

“Great job Joe and to all who helped put this together! “… Let’s keep the conversation going.”  Dave Bennink

“We see tremendous economic, social and environmental benefit from reducing construction waste.” Eve Pytel
“Every dollar I don’t spend at the landfill I spend on people.” Dave Bennink

(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!)

BMRA Annual Awards

This year we initiated 4 "Annual Awards"

The BMRA Lifetime Achievment Award - given to someone who has spent many many years helping to create, develop, and inspire our industry. 
This years award was given to Dan Knapp of Urban Ore. Dan was one of the originals; he founded Urban Ore back in our dark ages, was one of the originators of BMRA's predecessor org, and had inspired folks throughout the world for decades. Thank you Dan for all of your inspiration to all of us. 

As a way to further honor Dan and his work we have decided to make this the Dan Knapp Lifetime Achievment Award for future years.

The BMRA Volunteer of the Year Award- given to someone [non Board member] who has volunteered their time directly to the BMRA and made a significant difference in our organization.
This years award goes to Stan Seals. Stan has been a member of BMRA for years, a deconstructor for Wade County and Portland HFH ReStores, and has been a tremendous help to the BMRA over the last year. His help with the website, clarifying our trainings, and helping Joe in so many ways has been a significant part of our success this past year. Thank you Stan! 

The BMRA Sustainability City/Program Award - given to a city or program that has been a significant leader in moving deconstruction and reuse forward within their community.
This year it was pretty obvious to us that Kent County Dept of Public Works went out of their way to help our org and our industry. Not only have they implemented amazing waste diversion goals for their county but they dedicated Kristen Wieland to our cause. Kristen was instrumental in organizing this conference and we would have been lost without her. Thank you Kristen and Kent County! 

The BMRA Building our Industry Award - given to an individual from outside our industry that has gone above and beyond to help promote and support decon and reuse.
This years award goes to Suzie Boxman of EPA for her amazing work promoting reuse and decon through her leadership within the Sustainable Materials Management group at the EPA. Suzie and her work for the EPA's symposium on SMM last winter was a big part of the inspiration for this conference and our realization that our industry is not alone! Thanks Suzie for your work and for connecting us to so many other industry professionals.

Thank you all for your leadership and passion. Our industry would not be where it is without you! 

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

Forum on Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainably Manage Materials in Building and Infrastructure Projects Summary Report
As mentioned in our awards the folks at EPA are doing great work to support us and other industries in the management of materials in the built environment. Check out their summary report here and see how you can tie in. 

The Conflict of Interest that is Killing Recycling
Great Blog article here from the folks at Product Stewardship Institute about the state of recycling and indirectly some good things for us to think about to avoid similar conflicts in our industry.

Great article on Salvage and Decon featuring our own Chris Rutherford from ASWD
Chris also talks about how they "incubate a lot of different companies, and a lot of companies base their entire product line on the materials that we provide.”  Read on to see how you can do more value added products to leverage moving more materials. 

Clean Tax Cuts and some interesting implications for our industry. Reposted from our friends at Environmental News Bits
What if tax cuts could help lower the cost of decon? If this were to become a reality it could change our industry. Read on and see what could be on our horizon.

"Who we’re designing for has expanded from a solitary user to an intimately connected web of people, spanning the globe"
Quoted from the Circular Design Guide. Another lead from our friends at ENC. Decon needs to be a part of this discussion; read this Guide and see how you can connect with this thinking. 

Take this quick test to see what you know about plastics in the Ocean
These 9 Startling Facts about Plastics in the Ocean will inspire you to reuse and reduce more then ever. From the folks at PEW Charitable Trust.

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BMRA News is published monthly, typically in the first half of the month.  Submission deadline for articles and member notes is the 25th of the month preceding publication.  Submissions and commentary should be addressed to editor Dirk Wassink at
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