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  • 2023-01-23 10:31 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Nonprofit social enterprise and local industry leader in electronics recycling and refurbishing, Repowered, is searching for its next CEO. 

    Copied from: Repowered seeks next CEO to build upon 11 years of growth and impact (getrepowered.org)

    At Repowered (fka Tech Dump/Tech Discounts), we provide fair chances for people, planet, and technology. Over the past 11 years we have processed over 40 million pounds of electronics and provided millions of dollars of paid training for adults returning home after incarceration. 

    We believe we are all defined by our futures, and we are incredibly excited about our continued vision of giving technology a second run, and the people who restore it a fair chance. It is bittersweet to share that we are seeking our next CEO to bring that vision to reality, as our long-time leader Amanda LaGrange has announced her upcoming transition, so we are seeking our next CEO to build upon our growth and impact.

    As Amanda shared in comments to our team this summer, “Our goals remain the same – as does the endless potential of our organization with this amazing team. I will always love this place and our critical work; it’s simply time for the next leader to lead us during the next growth stage.”

    Incoming Board Chair Renee Conklin shares “We are incredibly grateful for the leadership Amanda has provided over the last 12 years — originally as a volunteer board of directors member, then Director of Marketing, and then serving as the CEO for the past 7+ years. She has built a talented Executive Team, who are committed to providing strong leadership throughout this transition.”

    Repowered will build upon our success as we look for the next great leader – perhaps that individual is in your network. We are searching for an experienced CEO who understands how to lead a nonprofit organization or has experience in the government sector.

    Thanks for your continued support of our organization, and for spreading the word about our search. If you know of a great candidate, please direct them to DEJ Group, our retained search firm, for more information.

  • 2023-01-19 10:56 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    CHASKA, MINN. — Carver County Environmental Services announced that its Fix-It Clinics, in partnership with Chanhassen-based non-profit “A Better Society,” will continue in 2023.

    Building on the success of the initial events, three more events are planned for 2023. The first event will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at A Better Society’s office, 1453 Park Rd., Chanhassen, MN 55317.

    During two successful 2022 events, volunteers helped attendees fix more than 1,400 pounds of items. These items were diverted from the waste stream and included vacuums, clothing, small engines, bicycles, and a variety of other small household items. Events like these serve as a great opportunity not only to get items fixed and kept out of the landfill, but also foster community and discussion about waste reduction and the “throw-away” mentality.

    Counties and community organizations have been hosting Fix-It Clinics for the last few years with great success, and Carver County’s first two clinics were no exception. These events provide residents an opportunity to sit down with a volunteer fixer to talk about their item and work together toward a repair. If an item cannot not be fixed, volunteers will try their best to diagnose the problem and provide the resident with part numbers, other repair options or recycling and disposal alternatives.

    For more information, to sign up to attend, or volunteer to be a fixer visit the Fix-It Clinic Webpage. You can also visit the Carver County website and search “Fix-It Clinic”.

    If you have questions or would like assistance with sign up, please contact Megan Monson at mmonson@co.carver.mn.us or Environmental Services at (952) 361-1800 with any questions. Be sure to stay tuned to Recycle Carver and A Better Society on Facebook for updates.

  • 2022-11-29 11:50 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    When I joined Reuse Minnesota as Executive Director in 2021, I did so because of my personal and professional dedication to reuse. I believe that reuse in all its forms - from resale to rental to repair - is critical to addressing many environmental and social issues facing our society today. Reuse reduces waste. Reuse creates jobs and opportunities for talent development. Reuse fosters connections and builds relationships. 

    Reuse Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to leading a movement grounded in the principles of reuse. We build partnerships and support a vibrant network of reuse practitioners through education, promotion, and advocacy. And we envision a world with regenerative, reuse-centered communities that protect the environment and value the well-being of future generations.

    December 2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of Reuse Minnesota. I am honored and excited to be part of this important milestone as the organization grows and expands our work and programming. Part of that growth includes building our membership and also connecting with individuals who would like to support our work financially. 

    As the end of the year approaches, I would like to invite you to make a personal gift to Reuse Minnesota. As part of our 10-year celebration, our goal is to raise $10,000 by June 30, 2023. Individual giving is admittedly a newer thing for us, so we thank you in advance for helping us take this step. Whether it is $10 or $1000, every dollar counts.


    Thank you for your support!

    Emily Barker (she/her)
    Executive Director

  • 2022-11-16 9:52 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    We are hiring! Reuse Minnesota is in search of a graphic designer to create a new logo for our organization. This is a contract position.

    If you would like to be considered for this project, please fill out this interest form no later than November 30, 2022.

  • 2022-11-09 11:53 AM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Reuse Minnesota is pleased to announce the six individuals elected by membership to serve on our board of directors from January 2023 through December 2024.

    Returning
    Miriam Holsinger, Third term
    Jenny Kedward, Fourth term

    New
    Sonya Betker
    Hannah Bohn
    Danielle Claseman
    Mayur Dankhara


    We are very excited to welcome two returning and four new board members who represent a variety of sectors and experiences. We look forward to learning from them and greatly appreciate their willingness to share their skills to help grow Reuse Minnesota. Join us at our annual meeting on November 15 for a more formal introduction to our incoming board members.

    About Reuse Minnesota

    Formed in 2012, Reuse Minnesota is a leader dedicated to working on behalf of repair, resale, and rental businesses to promote the reuse economy in the state of Minnesota and beyond. The organization accomplishes this through building partnerships and supporting a vibrant network of reuse practitioners through education, promotion, and advocacy.

  • 2022-10-25 12:01 PM | Reuse Minnesota (Administrator)

    Now more than ever, Bridging needs your help to serve 100 households per week and the mission to empower people to THRIVE in their homes. There are several ways you can help!

    Check out their donation list and see what you can donate. Ask your friends, neighbors, and community groups to check their homes and organizations too. You can drop off donations at their two metro area sites located in Roseville and Bloomington. If you are unable to bring your items to Bridging and you live in the Twin Cities metro area, schedule a fee-based Bridging home pick up. Have your neighborhood share the pickup cost.

    Consider individual, group, and offsite volunteer options! You can help unload and sort, assist clients on their shopping trip, host a drive, or sponsor a Dresser Build event. 

    Bridging is available for tours, speaking engagements, and more! Contact Diana Dalsin for more information: diana.dalsin@bridging.org



  • 2022-10-11 10:02 AM | Josh Hauf (Administrator)

    Congrats to the Reusers in Minnesota for a great conference on October 4, 2022! The energy—from check-in to the last session— was vibrant, exciting, and inquisitive.

    The previous day, our team had the pleasure of connecting conference attendees with four Reuse Minnesota members: Repowered, Keys 4/4 Kids, Bridging, and Scrapbox Salvage. The attendees of these site visits received tours of each facility as well as a deeper understanding of what organizational reuse is here in the Twin Cities and the impacts they have on our communities. While these four organizations perform varying work and services, they all hold the values of sustainability, equity, and of course, reuse!

    Later that day members of the reuse community gathered together at GRAZE Libations and Provisions to kick off REUSE22. Residents from Minnesota and beyond spent the evening connecting and discussing their work and opportunities in topics across the reuse and repurpose spectrum. Special thanks goes to the staff of GRAZE for hosting our event and to Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. for sponsoring the evening’s food.

    Offering a fantastic start to the day, keynote speaker Deonna Anderson from GreenBiz covered how reuse can be equipped and utilized as a tool for change. This message echoed through the rest of the conference presentations and provided attendees with a reminder of the impacts of reuse and how they can better incorporate it in the work they do—whether they came to the conference representing a government agency, a nonprofit, or were just looking to learn more.

    Following the keynote, attendees had varying sessions they could choose to attend covering many relevant topics of reuse today. These breakout sessions proved that reuse is much more dynamic and encompassing than people may believe. One session that intrigued many conference guests covered recovering history and materials, drawing insights to how reuse can better emphasize equity and engage BIPOC communities into decision making. Conference guests attending the small business perspectives session got to hear first hand accounts of business owners experiences with reuse on varying scales.

    A few attendees commented on how they particularly appreciated the action steps provided by some speakers, allowing them to make immediate change. Another focus of the day was strategic collaboration between different agencies and industries. Waste is a problem for everyone; uncoincidentally, reuse is a solution everyone can partake in! By combining the strengths of non-profits, government entities, and local businesses, Minnesota can make reuse a viable and even preferred way to reduce waste and inspire sustainable living, production, and behavior.

    Overall, REUSE22 was the culmination of passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated individuals pushing for sustainable changes in Minnesota. We are thankful for the opportunity to host the event in-person at St. Thomas, as well as include some virtual options to make these discussions more accessible and far-reaching. For many, this was their first Reuse Minnesota conference and shows the growing commitment of reuse for individuals new to the field. While most attended the conference because reuse is directly related to their work or passions, the guests, speakers, and exhibitors benefited from the built-in networking opportunities throughout the day. Moreover, many attendees shared that the conference positively impacted their professional and personal development. Reuse Minnesota is grateful for the speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees that made the event so fantastic.

    If you are interested in learning more about Reuse Minnesota and member organizations, or would like to stay up to date, please visit our website and contact us with any questions or engagement opportunities. See you next year!


  • 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.

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