MaryEllen Etienne

Incorporating Reduce and Reuse Strategies

MaryEllen Etienne provides ongoing input into the industry’s development, and helps businesses, municipalities and others incorporate robust reuse policies and strategies into their sustainability efforts. She regularly speaks about reuse and its triple bottom line benefits, and recently helped develop a national standard for sustainable resource management training programs as well as the first certification for zero waste facilities and professionals. MaryEllen is the CEO of Reuse Institute and the creator and producer of ReuseConex. She is also the founder of Reuse Alliance and co-founder of Creative Reuse Association and REUSE.International. She has worked with several other notable reuse and recycling organizations. She received her degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, is on the board of directors of Association of Ohio Recyclers, Reuse Institute and SCRAP USA, and the advisory boards of National Recycling Coalition and US Zero Waste Business Council.

While recycling is an important part of the sustainability journey many municipalities and businesses that have reduced wasteful processes and implemented reuse systems first have realized the greatest savings. Join us to understand how to save money, reduce your environmental footprint, and make the best use of available resources with the first two R’s: "Reduce and Reuse". Learn how reuse can serve as the foundation for successful business ventures from a variety of local and national professionals with hands on experience. The session will cover reuse issues such as deconstruction, repair, creative reuse and the sharing economy.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to...
1) Understand the concepts of waste prevention and reuse.
2) Understand the triple bottom line benefits of reuse.
3) Understand how reuse factors into zero waste, green procurement and overall sustainability.