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Thank You!

The 2018 Building Material Reuse Association's international conference and expo on deconstruction and reuse was held in the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University.  Over 2.5 days we learned from leaders and innovators in the reuse and decon fields, sharing their best practices, case studies and research.  For those that missed out, this event is the premier opportunity for networking with your colleagues, learning about new tools and practices, and growing your business.  Be sure to stay connected with the BMRA so that you can sign up early for our next event!  We will be placing resources from the conference on this page as quickly as we can, so keep checking back.

2018 Speaker Presentations

 Thanks to all our speakers for making this a great conference!

Pre Conference Workshop: Impacts of Rapid Growth on Sustainability and Public Health

This workshop focused on municipal and business opportunities to promote less waste to disposal, create new employment opportunities, and reduce neighborhood health issues associated with demolition dust from lead, asbestos and hazardous materials exposure.  The workshop featured speakers from four unique perspectives:

*   Eve Pytel from Delta Institute (Chicago, IL)
*   Rex LaMore from Michigan State University's Center for Community & Economic Development (East Lansing, MI)
*   Caroline Lund, Ramsey County Public Health Agency (St. Paul, MN)
*   Dave Bennink, ReUse Consulting (Bellingham, WA)

Darwin Baas, Director of Kent County Department of Public Works (Grand Rapids, MI), gave introductory remarks about the impacts that demolition has on landfill disposal locally and the desire to develop more outlets for construction and demolition debris for beneficial reuse.