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Train "hard-to-place" workers for careers in "green collar" jobs and educate the community on ways individuals can live more sustainably on an affordable basis.
Rebuild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2008 to receive and sell reclaimed building material donations in order to provide funds to train unemployed and underemployed unskilled workers for "green collar" jobs and to educate the community in affordable ways to live sustainably.ReBuild provides an option for builders and homeowners to donate unwanted building materials, equipment, and supplies, rather than discard these into a landfill.
ReBuild also enables builders and homeowners to claim a tax deduction for donating their unwanted material to ReBuild.
In addition, ReBuild provides affordable building material to homeowners, small-scale landlords, builders, renovators, and property managers that enables them to build or renovate structures that might otherwise be too costly to do so.
The proceeds from the sale of these materials are used to provide or subsidize unskilled workers in obtaining appropriate classroom and/or on-the-job training and experience in "green collar" positions to obtain necessary trade certifications, licenses, and continuing education credits.
Such"green collar" occupations entail home weatherization, solar photovoltaic and solar hot water system installation, geothermal system installation, asbestos abatement, invasive plant species removal (included pesticide application), green roof installation, home weatherization, stormwater management, native vegetative planting, wetlands restoration, deconstruction, warehouse management, and commercial woodworking.
Community Sustainability Education
ReBuild provides ongoing community workshops on all manner of environmentally sustainable topics. Space for nonprofit community groups working on sustainability issues is also provided by ReBuild.
ReBuild participates in community and regional exhibitions, fairs, festivals, and other events to increase the awareness in the need to recycle used building materials, train "hard-to-place" workers for "green collar" jobs, and understand how to live affordably on a modest budget.
ReBuild staff members speak at various neighborhood, community, regional, national, professional, and nonprofit organization meetings, forums, task forces, advisory committees, and conferences to convey the message that sustainability is affordable. weatherization, solar panel installation, commercial woodworking, delivery truck driving asbestos abatement, pesticide application, green roof installation, stormwater management, tree planting, and wetland restoration.
- Amy Hughes
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