DRN Founder/President Extends Commitment to Sustainability
Laguna Beach, CA – January 12, 2011: Lorenz Schilling is taking his commitment to reuse a step further by joining the board of directors for the Reuse Alliance – a national nonprofit working to increase awareness of reuse by educating the public about the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse. As President of the Deconstruction and Reuse Network (DRN), Schilling’s expertise will be extremely beneficial for the Reuse Alliance in the development and execution of programs. Schilling joins Mary Ann Remolador of the Reuse Marketplace and Joe Connell of Habitat for Humanity ReStores of Portland Metro Area as the newest board members for the organization. Read the Reuse Alliance press release here.
“Reuse Alliance is working on a national scale to make reuse a matter of action. I am happy to have been appointed to serve on its board and look forward to developing national campaigns that will increase awareness and advance reuse practices.” says Mr. Schilling.
Between two and five percent of the waste stream is potentially reusable according to local studies in Berkeley, California, and Leverett, Massachusetts. Reuse can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, landfilling, and combustion. (Source: EPA website.)
DRN is a California-based nonprofit that provides deconstruction and reuse solutions for residential and commercial property owners; educates Californians about the environmental and humanitarian benefits of building materials reuse; and offers surplus property reuse services. DRN advocates the importance of reuse versus recycling throughout California and by sharing case studies and examples of charitable reuse through its company blog Thinking Outside the Roll-Off, photo galleries, Facebook page, YouTube channel and website.
As board members for Reuse Alliance, Schilling, Remolador and Connell will support a national movement to increase public awareness and access to innovative reuse and waste prevention services. Rounding out the board of directors is Harriet Taub of Materials for Arts; Ann Woodward of The Scrap Exchange; Luis Jimenez of Goodwill Industries of NY and Northern NJ; MaryEllen Etienne of Reuse Alliance; and Stefanie Feldman of Waste Management.
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About Deconstruction and Reuse Network:
Deconstruction and 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. Proud member of Build it Green; International Facility Management Association and the California Resource Recovery Association. Deconstruction and Reuse Network currently serves Northern and Southern California with partnerships that benefit Habitat for Humanity and Corazon. For more information, visit: http://www.decon-network.org.
About Reuse Alliance:
Reuse Alliance was born in 2005 by five individuals who shared an interest in increasing awareness of reuse. Under the leadership of the founding director, MaryEllen Etienne, the Reuse Alliance became a nonprofit organization. The Reuse Alliance began organizing the reuse community, advocating for reuse policy, and providing networking opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area. The organization re-launched as a national organization in late 2009, and now offers educational programs such as Master Reuser TM and organized the first national reuse conference and expo, ReuseConex, in North Carolina this past October. For more information, visit: http://www.reusealliance.org.