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  • 2022-09-21 12:54 PM | Josh Hauf (Administrator)

    Reuse Minnesota is excited to announce a partnership with Rethos: Places Reimagined to host Minnesota GreenCorps member Josh Hauf for the next eleven months. Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and focused on training the next generation of environmental professionals. Rethos will serve as the host site and Josh will split his time between the two organizations. Josh's projects with Reuse Minnesota will include conference and event support, blog writing, and reuse storytelling. Reuse Minnesota members can look for communication from Josh in the coming months!




    Welcome Josh! Please tell us a little about yourself.

    I just graduated from the University of Minnesota-TC in May with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and have been in the Twin Cities for three years now. As a Sustainability Intern for Aramark, I began and am continuing to lead a Fair Trade campaign for the University which is currently running and on track to be completed this upcoming Fall. I am from the Black Hills of South Dakota which fostered a love of hiking, kayaking, camping, and everything outside. I enjoy thrifting, collecting vinyl, utilizing my green thumb, and trying to explore the area a little bit more.

    What is your favorite Minnesota season?

    My favorite Minnesota season has to be Fall because my wardrobe is certainly geared most towards chilly but not cold. However, this past year I did find that MN springtime is a close second! 

    What's a hobby you've always wanted to get into but haven't yet?

    A hobby that I have been trying to get into recently is amateur screenwriting, but I haven’t been able to carve out quite enough time. I am looking forward to hopefully exploring storytelling more this upcoming year!

  • 2022-09-16 10:21 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Lane County’s Waste Management Division is requesting quotes from design build professionals, and deconstruction and reuse experts and consultants for a Construction & Demolition Education and Technical Assistance program in Lane County, Oregon. 

    The program is intended to provide outreach, education, assessments, and technical services regarding sustainable C&D practices to clients planning construction projects in the Eugene-Springfield area. The ideal consultant will render these services before or during the project design-or at the project management level. Furthermore, the consultant should have a combination of industry experience and staffing capacity to complete expected tasks, handle work order requests in a timely fashion, and understand that professional interactions should be conducted in a manner that prioritizes values rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion.

    The City of Eugene is partnering on funding this program with Lane County.

    A link to the RFQ is below:

    https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/county_administration/operations/LaneCountyProcurement/rfps__bids_and_rfqs/r_f_q_construction_and_demo_education

    Deadline for Submissions: 2022/09/30

  • 2022-09-15 8:51 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) Fall Conference—Next Frontier for the 3Rsoffers attendees an opportunity to discuss with peers from the US and Canada the topics of: circularity, food waste reduction strategies and communications, reusable packaging systems and one state's approach to growing the reuse economy, repurposing materials, construction materials reuse, recycling market development, and increasing the supply of post-consumer plastics. The one-and-a-half-day Conference will be held in-person on Nov 2 - 3 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. 

    Opening the Conference is the keynote presentation by Jon Smieja of GreenBiz about How to Unlearn: An All-of-the-Above Circular Strategy. The Conference continues with Katy Hart of ReFED talking about A Roadmap for Food Waste Prevention and Alissa Westervelt of donateNYC talking about Creating Partnerships with Food Rescue Organizations. Following is a session about communicating about food waste reduction with Adoma Addo of the Center for Biological Diversity presenting about Waste Words: Consumer Perspectives on the Language of Waste Reduction, and Krishana Abrahim-Petrie of NEWMOA and Lisa Piering of Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency talking about Use by is Dated. 

    The first day continues with Karen Hagerman of Green Blue talking about Reusable Packaging Systems and Brooke Nash of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presenting about how Massachusetts is Moving Upstream to Grow the Reuse Economy. The day wraps up with a session about repurposing materials and construction materials reuse with Damon Carson of repurposedMaterials and Pam Howland of Build Reuse.

    The second day begins with Kellie Driscoll, of Trex presenting about a Grassroots Movement for Building Partnerships, Susan Bush of Circular Matters talking about the Support for Market Development, and Resa Dimino of FFS and SignalFire Group discussing Recycled Content Standards: Achievable or Pipe Dream.  The day wraps up with Marie Anne Champoux-Guimond, of Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada and Charles David Mathieu Poulin, of TC Transcontinental presenting Rethinking Plastic Packaging Recycling; and Adam Peer of the American Chemistry Council discussing More Volume, New Materials.

    The Conference Agenda provides greater details about the sessions and schedule.

    Go here for the Conference Registration.

    NERC is a non-profit organization that conducts research, projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and environmentally preferable purchasing.

  • 2022-09-06 1:59 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    The Reuse Minnesota Board of Directors is currently seeking nominations for board members. For complete details on the nomination process and board role, visit our website

    If you are interested, complete this form no later than October 7, 2022. If you prefer, you may email your responses to president@reusemn.org (subject line: Board nomination). Voting by members will take place October 17 - November 1. New board members will be introduced at the annual meeting on November 15.
  • 2022-06-28 2:36 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Overview: Reuse Minnesota is seeking an individual or firm that is well-versed in conducting business needs assessments, and that demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for our mission, values, and strategies. We seek to understand the needs of our current and past members and other reuse businesses and organizations in Minnesota. Ideal candidates will demonstrate existing familiarity with Minnesota businesses and resources. Results from this assessment will be used to inform and prioritize our work and resource creation, in order to best support the growth and vitality of reuse businesses in Minnesota.

    Questions may be submitted at any time prior to the submission deadline. Questions and complete proposals should be submitted to info@reusemn.org, attention to Emily Barker. Proposals will be accepted through 4:00 pm (Central) on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

    Funding for this project is from the State of Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF).

    View complete RFP and project details here.


  • 2022-06-06 12:03 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Reuse Minnesota was mentioned in an article about circular economies in Forbes! Thank you Garry Cooper, CEO of Rheaply, Inc. for highlighting the impact that Reuse Minnesota has on building a strong reuse economy.


  • 2022-06-03 3:08 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Big news from our Right to Repair colleagues! New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics! Read the article here.

  • 2022-05-31 10:14 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    We will be hosting the annual REUSE22 Conference at the University of St. Thomas Schulze Hall in Minneapolis, MN. As part of our organization’s 10-year anniversary, we will be hosting social events on October 3, with the conference taking place on October 4. 

    Our conference brings together individuals and groups from all around the state and beyond. We will highlight experts, business owners and community members in the reuse, repair, and rental sector. The majority of our conference will be in-person, but we are offering a limited virtual track.

    Please consider signing up to be a speaker, exhibitor, or sponsor. The speaker proposal deadline is June 22! Visit the REUSE22 Conference site for all the details and to register.

    Registration opens on June 1!

    Thank you Bridging, Eureka Recycling, Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, and The Green Mission, Inc. for being the first organizations to sign up as sponsors of our conference!

  • 2022-05-12 10:03 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Ramsey County is hiring for an Outreach and Engagement Supervisor in Environmental Health. The posting will be open until 5/26/22 at 11:59 p.m.

    The position provides leadership for the communication and community engagement efforts of the Environmental Health Division, with a focus on solid waste and recycling management. The unit works with communities throughout the county by engaging residents, businesses and schools, raising awareness through outreach and education, developing partnerships and networking, while being inclusive of environmental justice and health and racial equity considerations. This supervisor works in collaboration with the Ramsey County Communications and Public Relations department and works closely with communication staff in Washington County and with Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy. Responsibilities include providing direction of division communications including various media (social, news, advertising), managing contracts for consultants specializing in different cultures, planning, design and placement of social media and advertising, development of key communication vehicles such as the annual residential recycling guide and the Ramsey Recycles marketing campaign, and oversight of the Recycling Ambassadors and Fix-it Clinics.

    To view job posting details and to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Ramsey/jobs/3546260/environmental-health-supervisor?keywords=environmental%20health&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

  • 2022-05-04 2:32 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    We are excited to be partnering with Rethos: Places Reimagined to host a Minnesota GreenCorps member this year! If you or someone you know wants to spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues and gaining valuable experience and job skills, we encourage you to apply! Rethos will serve as the host site for our GreenCorps member, but you will get to work with the incredible folks at both Reuse Minnesota and Rethos.

    The focus of our GreenCorps member will be to: engage and educate Minnesota communities, organizations, and individuals in the practices of preservation and reuse through outreach, storytelling, and media. The member will work to:

    • Create and promote a toolkit and guidelines for executing a community materials salvage project
    • Participate as a planning team member for the annual Buildings on Main Street Conference and the Reuse Minnesota Conference
    • Create homeowner class packages on home repair and maintenance, reuse and salvage, and energy efficiency that can be used by different communities for onsite learning
    • Conduct a survey of Reuse Minnesota members and create storytelling tools to creatively share the environmental, economic, and social benefits of reuse organizations in Minnesota
    Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA is recruiting 48 full-time members to serve for 11 months, from September 2022 to August 2023.

    Learn more at: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps/program-information and apply by June 16.

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