Nurturing Salvage from Commercial Deconstruction

Nurturing Salvage from Commercial Deconstruction

Google and Building Product Ecosystems will discuss current attempts to increase the salvage of reusable material resources from commercial buildings in the Bay Area and beyond. Please join Lauren Sparandara, Sustainability Manager, Google and  Amanda Kaminsky, Founder + Principal, Building Product Ecosystems to discuss commercial salvage drivers, challenges encountered, strategies being learned, and useful resources available to streamline collective implementation as we evolve toward increasingly restorative, circular design and construction frameworks.

Amanda Kaminsky is Founder and Principal of Building Product Ecosystems [BPE] LLC, operating multi-disciplinary collaboratives that evolve feedstocks, recycling, infrastructure, and logistics for optimal systemic health and performance of major building materials. BPE pilots improvements to product, process, and infrastructure on behalf of building owners, their design and construction teams, supply chains, recycling networks, and impacted communities, engaging regional policy makers and academic research as needed. Collective pilot learnings are shared amongst collaborators for expedited industry progress. Informed by piloting and lab testing, solutions are quality-controlled and streamlined for scaled implementation via evolution of existing codes/standards, and creation of new ones. BPE was originally founded by Amanda and The Durst Organization as a public private partnership with Parsons, The New SchoolCity University of New YorkHealthy Building Network, and Vidaris. Before and during early stages of BPE, Amanda also led sustainable construction and procurement efforts at The Durst Organization, from 2005-2015. In collaboration with NYC Department of Sanitation, she managed execution of New York City’s first high rise residential organics collection/compost program, and further deployed those learnings in roll-out of the first portfolio-wide commercial organics collection program in NYC. Amanda Chairs theHealth Product Declaration Collaborative Board, and is a Director on the Board of Healthy Building Network, and the Recycling Certification Institute. BPE became a Reuse Partner of Build Reuse (the Building Materials Reuse Association) in 2019 to forge reuse collaborations with others. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from University of Virginia.

Lauren Sparandara is a REWS Sustainability Program Manager at Google, Inc. As a Sustainability Program Manager, she advances Google’s efforts to optimize our built environments for the health and performance of Googlers and the natural environment. Her team engages collaboratively with development, build to suit, and master planning project teams to serve as an ambassador of Google’s values and support them with the tools and resources necessary to achieve Google’s aspirational goals. Prior to Google, she was a Senior Green Building Consultant for the DNV GL Group. Mrs. Sparandara obtained her environmental management degree from Yale University and her architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a LEED AP and GRI Certified Sustainability Reporter. With over a decade of experience in the green building industry she has consulted on over 50 LEED projects of a wide variety of scope and scale.

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