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Deconstructing Building Deconstruction

"Demolish" an old restaurant for $50-70,000, and all you're left with is a bunch of junk that's headed to the landfill. "Deconstruct" the same old restaurant for the same price tag, and the result is a bunch of useful materials that can be used to construct a new business--in this case, a new Sa...

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Tags: Building, Business, Home, Landfill, Recycle
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What to do if your office doesn't recycle

Many of us have been there. Staying late in the office, we've chatted with the cleanup crews emptying the office waste cans when the thought occurred to us: "Where do those recyclables really end up?" At one previous job it suddenly struck me that all waste--whether from blue recycling bins or tr...

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Tags: Building, Cooperaton, Office, Paper, Recycling, Team, Waste, Workplace
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Trip to Greensburg, Kansas: Part 2

Kelsey O'Boyle is a New Dream Development Intern whose service-learning leanings led her to an unforgettable Spring Break this year. Read Part 1 of her trip. Part 2: Greensburg and Green Technology Our volunteer group explored the small town every day after volunteering, making discoveries abo...

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Tags: Building, Education, Green technology, Kansas, Student, Trip, Volunteer
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Trip to the Community Forklift

This weekend I set out to purchase some wood for a compost bin that I wanted to build for my house. My initial plan included a trip to home depot for some newly furnished wood, but a friend of mine suggested I take a trip to Maryland to check out a non-profit called the Community Forklift. It’s a...

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Tags: Building, Carbon, Construction, Environment, Housing, Materials, Salvage, Trees, Wood
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