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New To You: A Webinar on the Environmental, Economic, and Social Benefits of Reuse October 20, 2011 Why should YOU CARE about Reuse? Climate Change: Dramatic Shifts Fuel: Depletion/Soaring Prices Unemployment:
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New To You: A Webinar on the Environmental, Economic, and Social Benefits of Reuse October 20, 2011 Why should YOU CARE about Reuse? Climate Change: Dramatic Shifts Fuel: Depletion/Soaring Prices Unemployment: Increasing MSW: Near All Time Highs YOU CAN HELP by choosing to reuse! Reuse! It s an old idea; making a welcome return! What exactly is REUSE? Reuse Basics Reuse is extending the life of an item by using it more than once (for same or new function). By taking useful products & exchanging them without reprocessing (i.e. recycling), reuse help us save money, energy & resources. Reuse offers quality products to those with limited means, while generating jobs & business activity that contributes to the economy. What does REUSE encompass? Conventional Reuse Thrift Shops & Consignment Stores Building Materials Reuse Centers & Furniture Banks Resale & Swap Websites Creative Reuse Creative Reuse Centers Kids at SCRAPS Creative Camp make finger puppets made from manufacturing scrap Upcycling Designers Designers such as, Bright Design Lab, create everything from upcycled clothing and jewelry to furniture and home décor with reclaimed and salvaged materials. Trash Artists Leo Sewell made this 40' art installation from discarded kids toys which is now at the Please Touch Children's Museum in Philadelphia Reclamation & Salvage Lucen Train Trestle The planks were deconstructed & transformed into building materials Adaptive Reuse Danvers State Hospital This defunct hospital was transformed into a luxury condominium complex Refurbish & Repair Remanufacturing Refillable & Reusable It Even Includes Swap Events & Regifting Flea Markets & Yard Sales What are the drivers for the REBIRTH OF REUSE? Increasing Costs of Fuel Rebirth of a Thrift Economy Increased Connectivity Growth of Green Collar Jobs Source: Reuse offers TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE benefits! What Does The Triple Bottom Line Mean? People Reuse is Socially Responsible Provides low-cost, high-quality materials to individuals & organizations with limited means Planet Reuse is Environmental Friendly Diverts valuable resources from landfill Promotes resource conservation Reduces need for energy & raw materials Profit Reuse is Economically Beneficial Provides cost savings to donors (avoided disposal, avoided purchase, tax benefits) Provides cost savings recipients (reduced/avoided purchase costs) Provides green collar jobs Want to learn more about REUSE ALLIANCE? Our Mission & Vision We re a national 501(c)3 nonprofit working to increase awareness about reuse and its environmental, economic, and social benefits. We envision a world where people are actively engaged in the reuse movement and as a result have created a cleaner environment and a greener economy for their communities. Our Story 2005: Five people gathered to form a regional reuse network for NYC 2009: Launched as a national network 2009: Hosted reuse track at Nat l Zero Waste Conf, launched 1st state chapter 2010: Organized ReuseConex (first-ever reuse conference), several state summits; implemented Master Reuser; received 501c3 status from IRS, launched other chapters Our Work Reuse Alliance works to: Bring individuals & organizations together to develop a reuse community Provide forums for useful discussions Educate the public about reuse Provide networking & training Advocate for reuse The Need We re here to help: Change perceptions - Materials that can be reused are resources, not waste! Increase the public s access to reuse opportunities Spark innovation, communication, and cooperation among the reuse community Our Services Conferences & Networking Member Training & Support Research & Advocacy Chapter Development Conferences & Networking ReuseConex Raleigh, NC ReuseConex Portland, OR Reuse Summits National Boston, 2009 No. California Oakland, 2010 Carolinas Asheville, 2010 National Raleigh, 2010 Southern California LA, 2011 Minnesota St. Paul, 2011 So. California San Diego, 2011 National Portland, 2012 Member Training & Support These programs & services include: Master Reuser TM Training Program Proposal Reviews Letters of Support Online Resources Discussion Forum Donation Referrals Research & Advocacy These programs & services include: Research & Development Measure Your Treasure (Creating a Reuse Sector Data Standard ) Advocacy Worked with DOL to ensure reuse was in their green collar job definition Encouraging EPA to include more reuse in EPA s WaRM model Working towards a Nat l Reuse Day Chapter Development Currently have six state chapters: California Minnesota New York North Carolina Oregon Texas With more on the horizon Local-National Connection Chapter Affiliation: When you become a member of our state and regional Chapters you re automatically a member of Reuse Alliance, and visa-a-versa Help Us PROMOTE REUSE in all of its forms! Raise Awareness In previous EPA models, waste management accounted for only a small percentage (~13%) of the GHG emissions But with the systems or life cycle view they now state that the provision of goods & food accounts for 42% of the GHG emissions?* * Source: EPA Study on GHG Emissions A Systems View Changing Behavior Green materials management practices, such as reuse, have positive social, environmental and economic impacts To change perception AND behavior, we need to get the message out Materials are Resources, Not Waste! Reuse It! Guide (coming soon) Developed by Reuse Alliance, EFC, and Finger Lakes Reuse (coming soon) Developed by Reuse Alliance, initial funding by MN Pollution Control Agency The Greenest Products Are Ones that Already Exist And/Or Durable & Reusable! Reuse is the Original Green Collar Job Incinerate = 1 job; Landfill = 6 jobs; Recycle = 36 jobs; Reuse = jobs Sources: US EPA, and Institute for Local Self-Reliance You can make a difference - GET INVOLVED! Take Action There s many ways of engaging with Reuse Alliance: Become a Member Sign up for our Newsletter Follow us on our social media outlets Join the discussion on our online forum Apply for Master Reuser program Join a Chapter or Organize a Chapter Become a Member Our member dues fit all budgets: Partners Small (0-15 employees) $100 p/yr Medium (16-50 employees) $250 p/yr Large (51+ employees) $500 p/yr Friends Individuals $50 p/yr Student/Senior/Low-Income $25 p/yr Want to learn more about OUR CHAPTERS? Reuse Alliance California Chapter Coordinator: Nicole Tai Contact: Working on: Developing Network/Steering Cmt. Hosted 3 regional reuse summits (San Fran, LA, San Diego) Speaking engagements to promote reuse and the chapter Reuse Alliance Minnesota Chapter Coordinator: Arielle Courtney Contact: Working on: Developing Network/Steering Cmt. Implemented Reuse Sector Survey Developing a Sector Data Standard Hosting 4 GreenDrinks Participating in Outreach Events Reuse Alliance North Carolina Chapter Coordinator: Jessica Moore Contact: Working on: Developing Network/Steering Cmt. Hosted 3 Reuse Rodeos (community reuse/donation days) Reuse Resources ( What to Know, Before You Throw Guides) Reuse Alliance New York Chapter Coordinator: Harriet Taub Contact: Working on: Received funding for web-exchanges NY Biomass Trader Reuse Alliance Oregon Chapter Coordinator: Joe Connell Contact: Working on: Network / Steering Committee Development Helping to develop and implement ReuseConex 2012, 2 nd national reuse conference & expo Reuse Alliance Texas Chapter Coordinator: Ramona Brady Contact: Working on: Network / Steering Committee Development WHAT S NEXT for the Reuse Alliance? Strategies for the Future Adding a Reuse Advocate Module to Master Reuser Creation of Regional Coordinator Corps (NE, SE, MW, SW, NW) to oversee development of chapters Develop at least 2 more state Reuse Sector Data Standards (east coast & west coast) then create a National Standard Strategies for the Future Continued advocacy for an EPA WaRM model that includes reuse Rollout of Establishing National Reuse Day on Oct 20th of every year -- be sure to sign our petition going to the US Senate Committee on the Environment! Thank you for YOUR TIME! Stay in Touch Contact Info: MaryEllen Etienne Executive Director Find out More:
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