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We are excited to announce the introduction of brand-new classes and project-based workshops debuting at BRING in early 2024! Designed to teach basic home repair and maintenance skills, our classes will strengthen your confidence to DIY and make upkeep of your home or rental a breeze. We’re seeking community input to finalize the format of our new program. Please take our survey to help guide us in tailoring these class experiences to meet the needs of our participants. Survey participants can enter our raffle to win a BRINGmade Sasquatch wall-hanging. Take the survey here. The survey will close on Sunday,

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Imagine the possibilities when we dare to dream. It all begins with an idea, and at BRING, another milepost on our journey is marked by the visionary leadership of our Executive Director, Carolyn Stein, who has now transitioned to FOOD for Lane County. As she embarks on this new chapter, we reflect on the power of imagination. Every great idea starts with a vision, and every positive change in the world starts with a dream. Imagine: Turning Dreams into Reality For over fifty years, BRING has championed turning dreams into reality. We believe in community-level stewardship, benefiting both people and

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BRING’s Interim Executive Director Carolyn’s leadership, strength, and passion has helped BRING thrive through some of our nation’s most challenging economic shocks. She joined BRING during the financial crisis of 2008 and with grace and creativity steered BRING through the pandemic. BRING has emerged from each of these events stronger and more resilient. So, when I heard that Carolyn was leaving BRING, it’s understandable that I (like many surrounding her) felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. Carolyn developed a talented team of dedicated, values-driven staff and board members, who will miss her knowledge and motherly presence.

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As the new school year approaches, we’re geared up to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of sustainability leaders. BRING’s K-12 waste prevention education program encourages students to think critically about their consumption habits and adopt sustainable practices from an early age. Armed with knowledge and enthusiasm, they’ll become champions of recycling and waste reduction in their school and at home. Each engagement is free of charge and includes activities and interactive discussions on how to build healthy relationships with people and the natural world. Worms (Grades K–2) Students are introduced to composting through story time and hands-on observation

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“The greenest building is the one that is already built.” Carl Elefante, former president, American Institute of Architects. As the world grapples with the urgent need to address environmental concerns and reduce carbon emissions, adaptive reuse has emerged as one approach to sustainable development. Adaptive reuse is not a new idea. The practice of preserving existing buildings and giving them a second life has been used in cities with older and historic buildings for decades. Adaptive reuse involves repurposing existing buildings for new functions and avoids the need to build new structures from scratch. This practice preserves historical and architectural

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During the1990s, BRING pioneered deconstruction services in Lane County, successfully recovering materials from homes and buildings throughout the region. As momentum for deconstruction grew, BRING stepped away from the role as a contractor and stepped up our role as an outlet for reused materials. While deconstruction was still an option in Lane County, the practice was not keeping up with increasing amounts of Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials in the waste stream, or new knowledge about the impacts of materials on the climate. To address this, BRING established the Construction Materials Recovery and Reuse Program (CMRR), a free service to

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This spring explore ways to address social and emotional impacts of environmental degradation with students, and infuse sustainability, waste prevention, and reuse and recycling in your classroom. Our workshops are designed for educators who want to learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into their curriculum and empower their students to become environmental stewards. Click here to register now. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Sustainability Saturdays, May 13 and 20 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Foster sustainable habits and attitudes while teaching characteristics like compassion, integrity, resilience and courage. Connect ecosystems and biodiversity to learning communities and cultures. Integrate emotional awareness

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Spring is almost here: a time of renewal and new life! All at once, the things that died back months ago are beginning to awaken. At BRING we see that kind of rebirth every day. Old garden tools thrown in the back of a truck to be donated to BRING go on to become a new tool for someone digging fresh flower beds. Cedar boards from a sagging fence are saved from the chipper to become raw material for trellises, bird feeders, and other BRINGmade items. When you donate to BRING, it helps to breathe new life into materials that

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BRING believes that the future of our planet depends on the education and engagement of our youth. For over 50 years, BRING has provided environmental education to students in Lane County. Our award-winning K-12 program offers hands-on learning experiences that encourage students to live sustainably and embrace the use of reclaimed materials through our Community and Student Product Design Challenges, as well as paid internship programs in the BRINGmade Product Design Studio. By supporting BRING’s Education Programs, you can make a positive impact on our environment and communities. Your donation of $35, $50, or $100 will help us sustain and

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By Olivia Stein Talk of ESG is everywhere these days—and the discussion isn’t likely to end anytime soon. As awareness of climate impacts grows and the immediate need to mitigate them becomes necessary, transparency through ESG will become a standard practice. What is ESG? Environmental, Social, and Governance is a framework used primarily in the corporate sector to measure sustainability practices and it includes a broad set of factors. Environmental refers to business activities that impact the environment, such as carbon emissions, waste reduction, and supply chain features. Social factors focus on the organization’s relationship with its shareholders and interested

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