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2nd National Reuse Contest Winners Announced

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The Reuse People of America (TRP) has concluded its 7th annual and 2nd National Reuse Contest.  Over 100 entries were received in two categories; Art & Furniture, and Remodeling & Construction. “The contest gets to be more fun each year as we are hearing from an expanding deconstruction and reuse sector”, said Ted Reiff, TRP co-founder and director. The three winning projects in each category receive prizes worth $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

The 2015 Reuse Contest has international participation from reuse stores in Helsinki and Brussels.

ILSR Waste to Wealth staff person Neil Seldman, served as a judge for the contest, along with Cindy Truitt, Chief Development Officer for Humanim and Dianne Schilling, author, editor and curriculum developer.

The contest winners and pictures of their projects can be viewed here. The 2015 contest is now open for deconstruction enthusiasts.

The Reuse People, is a non profit enterprise based in Oakland, CA but with facilities in 15 states and 21 cities across the US. TRP built this network through innovative joint ventures with small businesses and community development organizations. TRP offers training to existing demolition companies, community based restores and specialty presentations to  public workshops, and academic institutions. TRP can offer certification for companies and individuals workers, trainers and managers.

TRP has been a strong member of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA).

The Reuse People of Oakland, CA TRP has made important contributions to the development of ILSR’s programs. In 1999, TRP director Ted Reiff, served as a financial advisor for ILSR’s research to determine if and how building deconstruction could contribute to community economic development under a grant from the HEW Office of Community Affairs. TRP continued to advise ILSR from 2000-2005 when ILSR had its own deconstruction program working with HUD HOPE VI worker training programs and enterprises throughout the country.  Since 2010, Neil Seldman of ILSR , serves as advisor to the TRP board of directors.

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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