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Join us for the second webinar in our deconstruction webinar series! 

During the summer of 2013, Utah experienced a first-of-its-kind pre-demolition and deconstruction project, demonstrating that building material salvage & donation knows no limits. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Salt Lake Valley( HFH), The ReUse People of America (TRP) coordinated a 13-event reclamation of a former LDS church in downtown Salt Lake City. With the help of over 450 volunteers from multiple companies, local organizations, and neighborhoods harvested reusable building materials from the 16,000 square foot building.

I probably won't be signing autographs any time soon, but for 15 glorious minutes on Park City's public radio station - KPCW - I was interviewed about deconstruction coming to Utah! I got to sit down with Nell Larsen and Chris Cherniak for their weekly program This Green Earth, a 1-hour radio show that "explore[s] the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability." I explained how deconstruction provides far more benefits to property owners, builders, landfills and communities than traditional demolition.

On April 23rd, I had the privilege to address the Salt Lake City Council regarding Mayor Becker’s Recycling and Construction Waste Management plan. The council affords the public 2 minutes to comment on such proposals. I used this opportunity to make the council aware of The ReUse People’s presence in Utah, what deconstruction is, and how it benefits direct and indirect stakeholders. After my two minutes were up, Councilman Soren Simonsen asked a follow up question; something seldom done during public comment.

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