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From old to new: Company reuses material for new construction

Global Goals & Global Society
From old to new: Company reuses material for new construction

As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, companies are finding new and innovative ways to reduce their impact on the planet.

The ReUse People (TRP) is a California-based nonprofit organization that is committed to reducing construction and demolition waste through the reuse of materials. Founded in 1993, TRP operates as a social enterprise and provides deconstruction and salvage services to homeowners, contractors, and developers throughout California, Arizona, and Colorado.

TRP's mission is to keep usable building materials out of landfills by deconstructing buildings and salvaging materials that can be reused or recycled. The organization employs skilled workers who carefully remove materials such as lumber, windows, doors, and fixtures from homes and buildings before they are demolished. These materials are then sorted and sold through TRP's retail outlets, which offer affordable building materials to the public.

In addition to its deconstruction services also provides job training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged individuals, including those who are homeless or have been previously incarcerated. The organization partners with local workforce development programs to provide on-the-job training and support services to help individuals overcome barriers to employment.

Through its work, TRP helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction and demolition waste and promotes the reuse of materials as a sustainable alternative to disposal. The organization has received numerous awards for its innovative approach to waste reduction, including the EPA's Environmental Achievement Award and the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Overall, The ReUse People is a pioneering organization that is making a significant impact on reducing waste and promoting sustainable building practices through the reuse of materials.

The Reuse People's focus on adaptive reuse and repurposing of old buildings helps to achieve several Sustainable Development Goals. By reducing the amount of waste produced and reducing the need for new construction, they contribute to SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Additionally, by creating affordable housing and community spaces, they help to address SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities). Their work also contributes to SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) by creating job opportunities in the construction and renovation industry. Overall, their commitment to sustainability and social responsibility make them a valuable contributor to the achievement of the SDGs.

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