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    National Deconstruction Conference Coming to Connecticut Will focus on reuse and recycling of building materials

    (3/26/2010) New Haven has been named the host city for DECON’11 – a national conference of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) which focuses on increasing the reuse and recycling of materials made available through the deconstruction of buildings.

    DECON ’11 will take place in May/June of 2011 at various sites around the city, including the Omni Hotel, Yale University, Gateway Community College and ArtSpace. Local sponsors of the conference include the city of New Haven, Yale University’s Center for Industrial Ecology and the Connecticut Materials Reuse Network.

    Amey Marrella, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection said, “We welcome the DECON ’11 conference to Connecticut. The focus of this conference fits perfectly with our efforts to reduce the volume of solid waste generated in our state by increasing the volume of materials we reuse or recycle. This strategy benefits our environment and helps preserve natural resources – and in addition, reduces the cost of waste disposal.”

    “New Haven is committed to becoming a greener and cleaner city so it’s fitting that DECON ’11 take place here. We have made investments to become a leader for smart growth and environmentally friendly policies and practices amongst cities and towns nationwide,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

    (BMRA) is a non-profit educational organization that facilitates the practice of building deconstruction and the reuse and recycling of building materials in Canada and the United States. The BMRA is an organization that brings together companies and organizations to share information and overcome barriers to the reuse and recycling of building materials. The last BMRA conference was held in Chicago in April 2009. DECON’11 will mark the first time this conference is held in the northeast.

    DECON ’11 will feature keynote speakers, workshops, demonstrations, training programs and tours of projects and businesses engaged in deconstruction, building materials reuse, construction & demolition recycling and green building.

    The city of New Haven was a logical choice to host the conference, as it is already active in encouraging environmentally sound deconstruction practices. The Small Business Alliance coordinated by New Haven’s Office of Economic Development, for instance, is launching a “Green Building Training Program” for construction contractors which will include deconstruction training from The Reuse People this summer and construction and demolition recycling workshops next fall.

    The Connecticut Materials Reuse Network is also seeking to increase awareness of deconstruction and building materials reuse and recovery of more materials through reuse and recycling. MRN is made up of deconstruction and demolition contractors, green builders, municipalities, reuse centers, universities and colleges, historical preservation organizations, job development agencies and environmental activists. The group is facilitated by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as part of its work implementing the State Solid Waste Management Plan.

    To learn more about the CT Materials Reuse Network or DECON ‘11, please contact Sherill Baldwin at 860.424.3440 or sherill.baldwin@ct.gov.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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