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Students in the CR0WD

May 6th, 2024

Three Cornell University students, including two set to graduate in May, share their final research projects related to creating a circular building economy. Featuring Shivani Aysola (The Dilemma of Debris: A Grounded Analysis of Construction & Demolition Waste in Bangalore) and Kai Foti and Annie Stewart (Where Buildings Go to Die: A Storymap of New York State Waste Sites).


Denny's: The Story of an Unlikely Deconstruction Project

Building off past experiences in a reuse facility in Illinois, Auburn, NY, resident and climate activist Dominic Gambaini inquired about a deconstruction of a soon-to-be demolished Denny’s in Auburn. When his request was randomly granted, Dominic and Cayuga Climate Action found themselves as local advocates for deconstruction and building materials reuse.

April 1st, 2024

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Planting Innovation at the Dynamic Learning Center

Cultivating a greener future, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Nassau County fosters dynamic partnerships that empower hands-on learning and sustainable solutions. Learn how a partnership between CCE Nassau County, Covanta, H2M and Healthy Aging LLC is creating a learning center on Long Island from shipping containers and reclaimed materials.

March 4th, 2024


Design with Impact:
Sustainable design through local wood supply chains in the Northeast

December 4th, 2023

Brooklyn-based Tri-Lox is a design, custome fabrication and millwork practice that works with regional, sustainable wood. Join us as we hear more about their mission to source and work with wood in ways that support forests and communities. Learn about their process, research, regional supply chains and how they define "sustainable wood."

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Empire State Development: Supporting a Circular Building Economy

November 6th, 2023

Hear how Empire State Development (ESD) is supporting a circular building economy in New York State through funding programs and the relevance of this work to NYS's climate goals from ESD's very own Rebecca Miller and Jamie Ethier.

Finger Lakes ReUse: The Case for Hubs and Spokes

October 3rd, 2023

Diane, the founder of Finger Lakes ReUse, brings over 20 years of expertise in salvage, reuse, and fair workforce development to her vision for a statewide building material marketplace. In this Cr0wd Conversation, she shares her ideas of creating a New York State hub-and-spoke exchange for building materials.

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Women on the Work Site

April 3, 2023

Mae Bowley, executive director of Re:Purpose Savannah, talks about the women+ workforce development and opportunities offered by deconstruction through her program at Re:Purpose Savannah.

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Baltimore's Deconstruction Ordinance

March 3, 2023

Steph Compton of Energy Justice Network shares her work on creating a deconstruction ordinance in Baltimore, MD. Steph is a zero waste expert, accredited through Zero Waste USA and is a TRUE Advisor. In Baltimore, she's spearheading a local deconstruction ordinance and organizing community events to educate on zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure. 

Jason Koski, Cornell University Relations (2022)

Building Collaboration: A Case Study from Ithaca, NY

February 6, 2023

In Jan 2022, 11 old buildings in Ithaca, NY, were set to be demolished for the Catherine Commons project. However, the Cornell Circular Construction Lab, along with community organizations and the Building Deconstruction Institute convinced the developer to deconstruct one of the buildings instead. This unique project allows for a comparison of demolition and deconstruction processes on similar buildings in the same economic setting.

Benefitting from Building Deconstruction

December 5, 2022

The City of Portland, Oregon, adopted its ground-breaking deconstruction requirement in 2016. What was initially viewed as an experiment has since become a model policy and inspiration for other municipalities in North America. Having overseen the development, implementation, and evolution of Portland’s deconstruction efforts, Shawn Wood will share outcomes and lessons from the past six years.

San Antonio's Path to a Deconstruction Ordinance

November 7, 2022

On September 8, 2022, San Antonio became the largest city in the US to adopt a deconstruction ordinance, and the first major city to develop one administered by a Historic Preservation office. This presentation will highlight how aligning stakeholders in climate action, affordable housing, historic preservation, real estate and development, innovation, workforce training, and public health can affect transformative, place-based policy change.

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