Buy It Again !
Conference and Trade Show on the Horizon
While "green building" may sound like the description of a house that was painted green, it is in fact a growing movement in the building industry based on environmentally responsible design and construction. Among other things, the use of recycled products and furnishings in construction and renovation is an integral part of this movement. Helping to fuel the "green building" movement is the fact that in todays market more and more consumers are demanding environmentally responsible products and construction practices.
In recognition of this trend, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education, will host a "Green Building" Recycled Building Products and Furnishings conference and trade show on October 15, 1998 at the Holiday Inn in Cranbury, New Jersey. This one-day seminar will provide detailed and essential information about recycled building products, recycled furnishings and alternative building practices. The composition, performance standards, cost, workability, recyclability and potential environmental impact of various recycled building and furnishing products, such as recycled steel framing, recycled concrete blocks and aggregate, recycled plastic lumber and recycled content furniture will be featured. Case studies of successful "green " building projects will also be examined. Kirsten Childs of Croxton Collaborative Architects, a leader in the field of "green building" will be a featured speaker at the event.
For more information, contact Steven Rinaldi of NJDEP at 609-984-3438 or Christine Krupka of Cook College at 732-932-9271.
Did You Know
Dow Corning Program a Model of Success
Dow Corning Corporations Green Procurement Initiative is a nationally recognized success and a model for other companies interested in procuring recycled products and other environmentally friendly products. The company, based in Midland, Michigan, launched its buy-recycled program in 1993 and found that by working closely with its suppliers they were able to add more than 200 recycled-content products to their purchasing initiative. In conjunction with this effort, Dow Corning conducted buy-recycled training sessions for key employees such as purchasing personnel, engineering staff, space planners and custodial staff. By 1996, the companys green procurement efforts resulted in the purchase of $7 million of recycled-content products. For further information on Dow Cornings Green Procurement Initiative, please contact Kim Hohisel via phone at 517-496-5008 or fax at 517-496-5457.
NERC Establishes Network for Environmental Products Purchasing
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has established EPPNET, the Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Listserv to link federal, state, local and private officials charged with purchasing environmentally preferable products and developing policies for the procurement of these products. EPPNET is intended to provide quick access to information such as availability of product specifications, lists of vendors for particular products, pricing information, strategies to achieve recycled product procurement goals and federal procurement policies. (Product vendors are currently not granted access to the Network, although this may be reconsidered later.)
Those interested in joining EPPNET can send the following email message (in either the subject line or the body of the text) to firstname.lastname@example.org:
SUBSCRIBE EPPNET FIRST NAME LAST NAME or
JOIN EPPNET FIRST NAME LAST NAME
Membership to EPPNET will first be approved by the Northeast Recycling Council. To expedite this process, applicants should email a short description of their job to the listserv administrator, Ellen Pratt, at email@example.com. For more information, contact the Northeast Recycling Council at 802-254-3636, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or see NERCs website at www.nerc.org.
The Northeast Recycling Council was established in 1987 by the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments. NERC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, created, directed and supported by its member states. NERC membership comprises state recycling and solid waste directors, economic development officials, and representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. NERCs mission is to ensure the long-term viability of recycling in the Northeast while maximizing its full environmental and economic benefits.
Please welcome the following companies as new members of the New
Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network:
The following Network members have changed their names:
Clean Earth & Sea, Inc. is now Total Recycling Services
New Jersey Buy Recycled Business Network
Editor: Steven Rinaldi