This Wednesday on April 7th, from 2pm to 3:30 pm the Zero Waste Committee of Warren County, NY will be hosting a Zero Waste Webinar with a focus on local economic growth through reuse and repair enterprise programs. The program is entitled: “Creating new jobs and enterprises through Zero Waste”, with the committee being a project of the Clean Air Action Network (CAAN) of Glens Falls.
The webinar will feature four of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of reuse and repair:
Elizabeth Knight, based in the mid Hudson Valley, is the co-author of The Repair Revolution: How Fixers are Transforming Our Throw Away Economy.
Mark Foster is the founder and director of Second Chance, Baltimore’s thriving building deconstruction and resale social enterprise.
Mary Lou Van Deventer operates Urban Ore, Inc., the iconic materials recovery enterprise started at the Berkeley (CA) landfill. She is also an environmental writer.
Jacob Hannah is the coordinator of ReUse Corridor, a network of businesses, universities and local and state economic development agencies serving rural Appalachian communities in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
Busieness and social enterprises everywhere are adopting the philosophy of reuse and repair, acheiveing impactful environmental goals in the process, and benefiting typically harder to employ demographics. A reuse and repair oriented business makes economic sense, as the average value of repairable items is estimated at $550 a ton. Which is money lost when these items are wasted.
Resuable and repairable items include appliances, building materials, electronics, furniture, furnishings, tools, office and art supplies, books, clothing, and more. Focusing on deconstruction as opposed to demolition is also detrimental to the movement, salvaging a building for reusable parts and metals as opposed to destroying it, effectively wasting valuable materials.
The press release announcing this event states: “This webinar will be of interest to economic development professionals and community planners, job training and development specialists, Zero Waste and recycling proponents, green entrepreneurs and investors, solid waste and recycling professionals, local elected officials, environmental advocates, and members of youth/student and civic associations.”
The webinar will be moderated by Neil Seldman, the director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and a founding member of CAAN.
This webinar is free and open to all. Download flyer and pre-register at www.cleanairactionnetwork.org If you have any questions or a problem registering, [email protected]