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Here’s the challenge: Design and build the coolest, most practical product using donated building materials from BRING. Think furniture, games, art installations – let your creativity run wild! Working with reclaimed building materials, students gain waste prevention skills that promote reuse and sustainable material management in their daily lives. The more innovative the design, the better! Register now. Each year we invite students to submit new products made from donated building materials from our Planet Improvement Center. Each student or student team will receive $50 Challenge Cash from BRING redeemable for any used building materials in stock at the Planet Improvement Center.

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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden in August 2022. In addition to addressing record inflation, the legislation contains historic provisions for fighting climate change. The landmark spending bill is considered by many to be the largest investment by the federal government to confront climate change. Supporters of the bill claim that it will result in a forty percent reduction of climate pollution by 2030. Measures addressing climate change in the new bill include $5 billion in funding to drive low-carbon procurement in the built environment. Investments affecting the construction industry include labeling low-embodied

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This has been such a strange year that nothing seems completely out of the question. So visitors to BRING’s Garden of Earthly Delights could be forgiven for thinking that along with a pandemic and catastrophic wildfires, 2020 brought an alien invasion. The garden is now home to Drossian Resource Ark Glenwood Object-19 (DRAGO-19), a 12-foot-tall metal sculpture created by local artists Jeff Shauger and Joe Mross. The multi-ton object is partially buried in the ground, as if it had crash-landed in Eugene or was unearthed during an archaeological dig. With its welded body, working lights and dials, and boxes that

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This year, learn by doing at BRING. We’re hosting hands-on workshops on select Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Materials are provided while supplies last. Workshops are free to participate, with a $5 suggested donation for cost of materials. Make it! Skull Crafts This October we’ll pay respect to the Mexican calavera with a community D-I-Y skull crafting workshop. Give discarded, dead materials new life in your very own decorated calavera. This event is part of Lane Arts Council’s Fiesta Cultural, a celebration of Latino art, culture, and heritage. Location: BRING’s Planet Improvement Center 4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR

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As recent changes to plastic recycling policies have made it harder to divert waste products from landfills, a lot of people have asked why companies make containers and tubs that are so hard to recycle in the first place. Why can’t they make their packaging easier to deal with when it reaches the end of its usable life? And if that packaging isn’t easy to recycle, shouldn’t they bear some of the brunt of recycling it? That idea – that manufacturers should take responsibility for recycling or reusing the products they produce – is known as extended producer responsibility or

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Planning is underway for the 10th anniversary of the annual BRING Home and Garden Tour. We are on the lookout for leading-edge new homes, remodels, gardens, and urban farms that demonstrate sustainability. We’re especially interested in projects with the following features, whether designed and built by professionals or the do-it-yourselfer: Aging in place Creative reuse of materials Energy efficiency and renewable energy Graywater reuse Green roofs Innovative storm water management Nontoxic, sustainable materials and finishes Solar – active (PVs), passive, and solar hot water Sustainable landscaping, gardens, and Permaculture Urban agriculture – chicken, bees, food production Urban density – small

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For over 30 years, BRING customers have used salvaged building materials, garden supplies and other reusable items to re-imagine and D-I-Y home improvement projects. We are inspired by the creations our patrons craft from items found at BRING. Now for the second year in a row, BRING wants to see your innovations shine during our Product Design Challenge! Completed entries are eligible for a chance to win prizes and will be showcased to the community on Saturday, April 21, at St. Vincent de Paul’s fifth annual Metamorphose Earth Day Celebration. Call for Entries Demonstrate your ingenuity this spring. Re-purpose recovered

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Educating community members about where our waste goes and why it’s so important to generate less of it has always been an important part of BRING’s work. That’s why we offer a range of educational programs and tours to schools, community groups and civic organizations. Have you ever wondered if one is right for the kids in your life? Here’s a glimpse at what happens on one of our most “popular” tours. Every year BRING takes hundreds of local students to Lane County’s Glenwood transfer station and Short Mountain Landfill. Although each trip generates plenty of complaints about bad smells

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