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Featured Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | 2 Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2012

Creating Jobs and Saving Money through Reuse – A Deconstruction Case Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westmoreland-deconstruction-case-study/

The joint venture between Westmoreland Community Action (WCA), Greensburg, PA, and The ReUse People (TRP), Oakland, CA, completes a circle begun over a decade ago when HHS engaged ILSR to explore the feasibility of building deconstruction as a community development tool. The ILSR technical assistance work that followed led to the start up and expansion of numerous deconstruction companies and projects. As advisor to TRP, ILSR suggested that WCA would be a suitable partner as TRP expanded from its base in CA to nine additional sites throughout the US. WCA and TRP have been working together for the past two years.

Background

Westmoreland Community Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Greensburg, PA, has been serving disadvantaged residents in Westmoreland County and surrounding counties in southwestern Pennsylvania since 1980.  WCA’s mission is to “strengthen communities and families to eliminate poverty,” and the organization currently runs 22 programs to achieve its organizational goals.  WCA provides housing services including the construction of 10-20 homes per year.  The organization also offers emergency assistance in addition to employment, mental health, and child development programs. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta, GA, Established in December 2011

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lifecycle-building-center/

ILSR prepared a zero waste plan for the Atlanta Office of Sustainability in 2011-12. During site visits ILSR and Saint Vincent De Paul provided assistance to several community based reuse enterprises. In turn these new community businesses became working partners in ILSR’s and Saint Vincent De Pauls’ national networks. Neil Seldman serves as an advisor… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-paradigm-denmark/

Transitioning from incineration to recycling and composting in Denmark — A detailed article on this important policy  turn around is helpful in the debates on garbage incineration in the US, where incineration proponents point to the “success” of this technology in Northern Europe. Click here to read the full article on the Zero Waste Europe… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

Zero Waste Symposium – Comments By Neil Seldman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-symposium-comments-neil-seldman/

Comments (edited version) by Neil Seldman at the Zero Waste Symposium – held February 4, 2014 Sponsored by Zero Waste San Diego and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) February 4, 2014 Thank you very much, Rick. It’s always a pleasure to come back to California – certainly San Diego. Many of you know that… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Does the Citizens Recycling Movement Face a Hostile Takeover?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/does-recycling-movement-face-hostile-takeover/

Neil Seldman provides an update and review of recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments based on his interviews with recycling practitioners,  local officials and environmental leaders. Download the policy review. Continue reading