reDiscover Center is a non-profit organization that works with youth, adults, educators and communities to foster creativity in education through the arts while encouraging and actively supporting environmental sustainability. Using everyday discards donated by local businesses as a launching pad, reDiscover offers a range of hands-on educational programs and workshops in which items destined for our landfills become reused and “rediscovered” in new, creative ways. Since its founding in 2004, reDiscover has worked with over 24,000 people at its Culver City-based studio/warehouse and in schools and communities across Los Angeles County. Their goal is threefold: to provide youth with new ways to access environmental education through arts-based learning; to assist educators in fostering the innovative thinking necessary for youth to lead and thrive in the 21st century; and, to be a community catalyst for sustainability and the preservation of our planet’s limited resources. Their current strategic plan includes the future development of an exciting full-service facility, dedicated to empowering the reDiscover Center to fulfill our mission at a larger scale. Click here to learn more.
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Our chapters are led by reuse sector professional who lends their time & expertise to RA. To find out how you can get involved in NC’s reuse sector, please contact the NC Chapter Coordinator: Kara Curtis (kara at reusealliance dot org). Click here to become a member.
OUR WORK: Reuse Alliance NC has created Reuse Rodeos – seasonal events where residents can bring a variety of reusable materials to one location for the benefit of multiple local reuse organizations; and Reuse Resources – documents which help residents learn more about local reuse organizations.
We have also created a list of reuse organizations for Durham County, Orange County, and Wake County. Before this, our Chapter implemented a “state of reuse in North Carolina” survey. Check out the resulting report here.
GET INVOLVED: Please let the Chapter Coordinator know which committee(s) or specific tasks listed below interest you most, as well as your available level of commitment/skills:
Suggested Committees & Sub-Committees
Chapter Steering Committee (also includes all sub-committee chairs and region leaders)
Help plan chapter initiatives
Assist with fundraising/sponsorship
Report on who can offer ideas of grant opportunities or make introductions
Attend chapter-sponsored events or programs in your region
Identify opportunities for including reuse in environmental education and programs
Draft/review reuse language/content for program development
Assist with program & partnership development
Public Policy & Advocacy Sub-Committee
Identify current roadblocks and opportunities
Identify grant opportunities for policy work
Provide updates on draft/pending legislation & opportunities for comments
Liaise with politicians / legislators in your region on behalf of the chapter
Draft policy language for potential policy and regulations
Work on existing reuse sector research project
Member Services Sub-Committee
Assist with the planning of local/regional/state reuse summits & events
Assist with the development of our online resources & best practices documents
Assist with the development of our Reuse Sector Data Collection Standard project
Research business models for subsectors of reuse – building materials reuse and deconstruction, creative reuse, thrift stores, etc. (e.g. review grading systems for lumber / work with orgs like USGBC, BMRA, etc.)
Weigh in on the design/redesign of transfer stations to include reuse
Research/establish partnerships with storage & logistics firms on behalf of the sector
Assist with development Reuse Portal/Directories
R&D Services, Case Studies Development
Identify successful business models / case studies
Draft/review case studies
Seek funding opportunities for all member services
Marketing & Outreach Sub-Committee
Research programs, courses, workshops, apprenticeships, volunteer/intern opportunities that teach various aspects of reuse & repair skills to augment member database
Identify ways to partner with and promote these programs to potential students, continuing education adults, transitional programs, DIY movement
Assist with research and inviting reuse stakeholders to join the chapter
Assist with development of media contact list
Media outreach for chapter launch, exchange launch, events
Seek out other state/local environmental conferences (Recycling, Environmental Education, Green Building, etc) where RA or its members could present/host booth
NC C&D Material Trader Sub-Committee (Reuse Alliance North Carolina is launching an online exchange focused on reusable building materials)
Review and offer feedback on exchange functionality and content