Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ross Homeowners Choose Deconstruction & Turn Home Remodel Into Valuable Benefit For Community

We recently completed the deconstruction of a single-family home in the City of Ross (Marin County, CA) and all salvaged materials have been donated for reuse. The 3,000 square foot home in the City of Ross, which is going to be completely remodeled, has been carefully deconstructed to salvage as much of the existing interior as possible for reuse with us rather than being demolished down to the studs. Most of the home’s beautiful interior, which includes French doors, brand named fixtures and dual pane windows have been donated for resale at the Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma ReStore in Santa Rosa.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Welcome New Partners - Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County

We are pleased to announce, today on Earth Day, our new partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County!  As we work with area residents and property owners to deconstruct their homes, salvaged items, such as doors, windows, hardware, and more will be donated to HFH SC to be resold in their ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity is an ideal partner for us as they understand the value of reusing items in their current state and they support the community by providing affordable alternatives to big home store chains, while diverting perfectly good items from local landfills.

Read the Press Release>>

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Jobs Created by Recycling

Here is a great blog that analyzes the growth of green jobs in California, and why it's happening!

The State Economic Development Department recently completed a study on clean tech jobs in California, and the preliminary results show that shows AB 32 and recycling are driving green jobs growth. Currently, there are 500,000 jobs in the green jobs sector, which 3.8% of California's total employment. A quarter of these green jobs (approximately 125,000) can be attributed to recycling (including employees at recycling centers and manufacturers who produce products from secondary materials).

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Palm Springs, CA – April 15, 2010:  Deconstruction and ReUse Network (DRN), has announced two new representatives to advocate and assist in advancement of deconstruction and reuse of building materials.  Jorge Michios and Meaghan Hundley will work to expand services for the organization in the Palm Springs and San Diego regions respectively.  DRN is an environmental and humanitarian non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering Californians about the benefits of reusing building materials.

Jorge Michios will be serving the Palm Springs region for Deconstruction & ReUse Network, more specifically he will be advocating in the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Banning and Beaumont. Michios joins DRN after working on several design projects that have focused on Sustainable design.  He has been acknowledged for his design know-how by Plinth and Chintz in 2007, and his passion for design and architecture will be instrumental in the success of DRN’s mission in Palm Springs.  Jorge can be contacted at or 888-545-8333 ext. 106

Meaghan Hundley will be implementing her experience with sustainable business practices as well as her marketing and business development savvy in the San Diego region.  Her well-rounded education from Syracuse University, as well as her strong commitment to sharing her knowledge of living and adopting a green lifestyle have made her successful while working on several green projects since moving to San Diego.  Meaghan can be contacted at or 888-545-8333 ext. 614.

"We are thrilled to have Jorge and Meghean join our team," says Lorenz Schilling, President/Founder of DRN. "They each have great passion and experience which will be a huge asset to our mission and for the people we serve in the San Diego and Palm Springs areas."

Deconstruction and ReUse network anticipates great success as these two broaden the outreach efforts as well as support the deconstruction involvement and consultant support in their regions.

About Deconstruction & ReUse Network:
Deconstruction & ReUse Network is an environmental public benefit corporation 501(c)(3), whose mission is to promote and empower deconstruction practices and to grow a greater reuse network for quality building materials through partnerships with complimentary operations and organizations. Deconstruction & ReUse Network currently serves Northern and Southern California with partnerships that benefit Habitat for Humanity and Corazon.
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Lorenz Schilling, DRN, 888-545-8333 ext 103,
Angela Moore, Starfish P.R., 310-429-8868,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Join us at Portola Valley's 2nd Annual Earth Day Fair

Join our own Leslie Roth on Saturday, April 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Portola Valley’s second annual Earth Day Fair

Stop by or email Leslie to find out more about DRN's services in the Bay Area.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Please Support the Full Life-Cycle of Materials

This is a great opportunity for your voice to make a difference and get the climate impacts of products and packaging added to the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

It's important to get the full life-cycle of materials (from research & extraction through retail) included here so that we have strong data to support our claim that reuse is a higher and better use than recycling and raw goods.

Please visit the EPA site and leave a comment in support of DECONSTRUCTION & REUSE!

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The New York Times had an article yesterday about the commitment other nations are making to utilizing their trash to fulfill energy needs. European nations are using incinerators to burn household trash into usable electricity and heat. New technology has made filters able to catch many of the harmful pollutants that would otherwise create toxins in the air surrounding plants. To read the article in its entirety visit the New York Times website.

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