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USGBC Chicago Chapter Event: "Salvaged Material in the Sustainable Design Process"


April 02, 2010

Just in time for Earth Day, the Chicago USGBC Chapter will be holding the event titled, "Salvaged Material in the Sustainable Design Process" on April 20th. The event promises a tour of the ReBuilding Exchange accompanied by a discussion in which members of the selected panel will explain more thoroughly how reused materials are incorporated in projects. Participants should hope to gain a better understanding of the impact of new vs. reused material specification, how LEED plays a role in Material Reuse projects, when salvaged materials become an option in the design & construction processes, and insight from past challenges and opportunities reuse has afforded the panelists.

If you are an architect, contractor, residential builder or designer, specifier, or student of any of the previous fields, pre-register online to attend. Jason LaFleur of Eco Achievers who will be moderating the session and panel members will include William Emmick of Studio Gang Architects, Meghann Maves of OWP/P - Cannon Design, and Nathan Benjamin of PlanetReuse. If you're around Chicago, attend this event to help kick-off a great Earth Day 2010!

PlanetReuse in Kauffman Foundation's National "Top Start-Up" Competition


March 19, 2010

PlanetReuse has been nominated by the San Francisco based firm, Public Architecture to be a part of the, "Top Start-Up Companies Outside of Silicon Valley," contest. The contest is being put on by both the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Bob Cringley. Our objective is to get as many comments and star ratings (or votes) as we can on our nomination before the end of the six week time period. The top 24 companies (the winners of the challenge), will get the opportunity to be a part of a 12-hour reality television series!

Please support PlanetReuse by going to this site and comment on our listing or feel free to give us a five-star rating! Vote here:

In thanks for your support, if you comment on our listing, you will also be entered for the chance to win a free one day pass to the Greenbuild 2010 Expo in Chicago, IL on November 17th-19th. If you would like to enter for a chance to win more than once, you can also retweet the following...

"Vote and comment for @PlanetReuser as one of the top start-up companies outside of Silicon Valley in 2010 here! {}"

We will be drawing two winners from all of the Kauffman comment-entries and retweets every Friday until we run out of passes so spread the word and best of luck! NOTE: THE FIRST DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 26TH, 2010.

April 22nd-23rd: Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum.


March 09, 2010

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, keep this outstanding event in mind when mapping out your plans. On April 22nd and 23rd, the Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will be held at the Chicago headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and hosted by USEPA Region 5 Land and Chemicals Division, Region 5 Brownfields Program, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Office of Brownfields & Land Revitalization.

"The Midwest Urban Deconstruction Forum will provide an excellent opportunity to establish a regional dialogue among local-level decision makers and look at new initiatives and challenges related to:

· evaluating successful strategies to incorporate deconstruction into communities’ efforts to manage abandoned buildings,
· evaluating economic viability of deconstruction on municipal projects,
· encouraging deconstruction, reuse, and recycling in the community, and
· creating local jobs through deconstruction."

If you have some experience with deconstruction, this event would be extremely valuable to consider attending. There are only fifty spots available to encourage an educated discussion and information-sharing event for individuals and communities that already have some experience in deconstruction. If you would like to attend, April 1st is the deadline for registration.

If you are in the Chicago area already and are looking for a more introductory level event, perhaps look into attending the 3rd annual 'Green Your Footprint' held at the Flair Tower which is the newest LEED certified residential building in Chicago.

As it gets closer to Earth Day 2010, check back here for information on more exceptional events taking place around the nation and globe!

USGBC Chicago Chapter Event: "Deconstruction: Why, How, Now?"


February 12, 2010

February 23rd, Nathan Benjamin will be speaking at another USGBC event in Chicago. Fellow speakers will include Dave Hampton, President of the Urban Habitat Chicago and Echo Studio, and Elise Zelechowski, Deputy Executive Director of the Delta Institute. Here is a little bit of information on the topic of discussion which will be, "Deconstruction: Why, How, Now?"

"Deconstruction, the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse, results in products for sale, a trained labor force, and improved environmental quality by keeping air and water cleaner while diverting thousands of tons of material from overtaxed landfills. This panel discussion will cover deconstruction in various aspects, from WHY it is important to utilize methods of deconstruction over a traditional demolition process, HOW it is done, and NOW covering projects and resources available to facilitate deconstruction."

If you would like more specific information on attending this event, click here. See you there!

DECON '09 - Chicago April 28-30


February 18, 2009
The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is thrilled to announce the 2009 International Conference on Deconstruction, Building Materials Reuse, and Construction and Demolition Materials Recycling.

DECON '09 will be held on Tuesday, April 28th through Thursday, April 30th, 2009, on the Campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, Illinois.

Join PlanetReuse and many other great companies, firms and organizations at this year's conference!

Did we mention it is in Chicago?? - The City of Broad Shoulders. The City that Works. From City Hall's green roof to sustainable urbanization of parks. From the Center for Green Technology to the Green Homes Program. From public policy to private development. Chicago is rapidly becoming the nation's "most environmentally friendly city." What better place to showcase the state of knowledge in building deconstruction, materials reuse, & recycling.

For more information and to register:

See you there!

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