Webinar Explains How to Create a Local Market for Repurposing and Reusing Materials

International Society of Sustainability Professionals Will Host June 27 Webinar About ResourceFULL Use, An Industrial Ecology Project That Facilitates By-Product Exchanges
Jun 17, 2013 8:30 AM ET

PORTLAND, OR, June 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Learn how to create a market for repurposing and reusing materials of all kinds by attending a Webinar about ResourceFULL Use, a Portland, Oregon-based "industrial ecology" project with the objective of facilitating exchanges of by-products between manufacturers and other organizations. The Webinar will be presented by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) on Thursday 6/27 @ 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT.

Unlike web-based tools like Craig's List, Boneyard or IMEX, ResourceFULL Use combines online access to Materials Available and Needed with workshops, coaching and sharing case studies and Roadmaps. ResourceFULL Use participants report that their relationship to by-products has been transformed, and now they look at dumpsters, wastewater or other wastes and think "huh...I wonder who could use this?"

When a material can be used as it was intended, repurposed or recycled locally rather than going to waste, a long list of benefits occurs. Surprisingly, greenhouse gas reductions top the list. Other benefits include reductions in costs for donors and recipients, solid waste, toxics, water and energy savings. Creating a market for low cost materials is also an Economic Development strategy that spawns not only new local industrial feedstock supplies, but new products and green jobs.

About the Presenters

Debra Taevs has been a partner and Co-Director of the ResourceFULL Use project for more than five years. She was the first Coordinator for a sister project in the Puget Sound, By-Product Synergy Northwest, and facilitated the Industrial Ecology Materials Exchange in Eastern Washington. Debra was the Deputy Director/Oregon Director for the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center for over six years and has worked to promote sustainable business practices with the City of Seattle, Peace Corps and others. Debra has a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Washington and a Business Degree from San Diego State.

Dorothy Fisher Atwood has more than 25 years of environmental consulting experience with the last ten years focused management systems implementation for private and public organizations. She is the Management Systems program manager for Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA), a Portland-based non-profit organization. ZWA is one of the eleven US Environmental Protection Agency-designated Local Resource Centers in its PEER center of management system excellence. Her work includes development of implementation tools and procedures, training, and sustainability and environmental management system (including ISO 14001) integration into core business systems. Dorothy is also a co-founder, management team member and current Secretary of ISSP.

Webinar Registration

The ISSP ResourceFULL Use, Industrial Collaboration Webinar will occur on Thursday, June 27 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT (UGT -7). There is no charge for ISSP members to attend, with a $10 fee for non-members. If you are unable to attend live, please also register to receive a link to the recording. To sign up, go to http://bit.ly/11ewPeo. Upon registering, participants will receive further instructions on how to login.

About ISSP

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts more than 700 members from every continent in the world. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally. Webinars, webchats, on-line courses, special reports, resource directories, salary surveys, and professional competency studies are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. For more information about ISSP and its offerings, please visit www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org.