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SPECIAL SERIES
Deconstruction Masterclass

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What is deconstruction and why does it matter? And how can it benefit me? This series of three free events on May 4, 11 and 18 will reveal the economic, environmental, and cultural value of deconstruction. Sign up for all three to complete this Deconstruction Masterclass! The series is funded by the National Trust Preservation Fund. Each webinar features a panel of experts sharing the latest updates in a growing industry with discussion and Q&A. Open to all. Building owners, contractors, city staff, heritage preservation commissioners, tradespeople, and policy makers are especially encouraged to attend. Register here.
  • Rehab Lab: Exterior Painting and Prep
    Rehab Lab: Exterior Painting and Prep
    Sat, Aug 03
    Location is TBD
    Aug 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Aug 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Rehab Lab: Historic Finishes-Varnishes, Stains, Dyes, and Wax
    Rehab Lab: Historic Finishes-Varnishes, Stains, Dyes, and Wax
    Sat, Aug 10
    Location is TBD
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Rehab Lab: The Building Blocks of Masonry
    Rehab Lab: The Building Blocks of Masonry
    Sat, Aug 24
    Location is TBD
    Aug 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Aug 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • For Duluth Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    For Duluth Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    Sat, Jun 22
    Northern Bedrock
    Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Northern Bedrock, 1205 93rd Ave W, Duluth, MN 55808, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Northern Bedrock, 1205 93rd Ave W, Duluth, MN 55808, USA
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  • Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows
    Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows
    Wed, Jun 12
    Hayes Window Restoration
    Jun 12, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Hayes Window Restoration, 4439 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
    Jun 12, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Hayes Window Restoration, 4439 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
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  • For Northfield Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    For Northfield Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    Sat, Jun 08
    Northfield Public Library
    Jun 08, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St, Northfield, MN 55057, USA
    Jun 08, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St, Northfield, MN 55057, USA
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  • CANCELED: For St. James Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    CANCELED: For St. James Residents - Window Repair Homeowner Workshop
    Sat, Jun 01
    Human Services Building
    Jun 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Human Services Building, 715 2nd Ave S, St James, MN 56081, USA
    Jun 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Human Services Building, 715 2nd Ave S, St James, MN 56081, USA
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  • Rehab Lab: The Building Blocks of Masonry
    Rehab Lab: The Building Blocks of Masonry
    Sat, May 25
    Location is TBD
    May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  •  1 CE- Reuse in Real Estate: Helping Clients Make Sustainable Choices
     1 CE- Reuse in Real Estate: Helping Clients Make Sustainable Choices
    Thu, May 09
    Webinar
    May 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Webinar
    May 09, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Webinar
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  • Making the Most of Doors Open Minneapolis!
    Making the Most of Doors Open Minneapolis!
    Wed, May 08
    Webinar
    May 08, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Webinar
    May 08, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Webinar
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  • Rehab Lab: Plumbing the Depths of Toilet Repair
    Rehab Lab: Plumbing the Depths of Toilet Repair
    Mon, May 06
    Minneapolis
    May 06, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Minneapolis, 1620 Central Ave NE #126, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
    May 06, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Minneapolis, 1620 Central Ave NE #126, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
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  • Rehab Lab: Historic Finishes -Varnishes, Stains, Dyes, and Wax
    Rehab Lab: Historic Finishes -Varnishes, Stains, Dyes, and Wax
    Sat, Apr 20
    Location is TBD
    Apr 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Apr 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Rehab Lab: Plaster Disaster!
    Rehab Lab: Plaster Disaster!
    Sat, Apr 13
    Location is TBD
    Apr 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Apr 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • 2 CE - Hot in Here: Understanding Boilers and Furnaces
    2 CE - Hot in Here: Understanding Boilers and Furnaces
    Tue, Mar 26
    Webinar
    Mar 26, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Webinar
    Mar 26, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Webinar
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  • Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows
    Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows
    Tue, Mar 19
    Hayes Window Restoration
    Mar 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Hayes Window Restoration, 4439 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
    Mar 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Hayes Window Restoration, 4439 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
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  • Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows in Winona
    Rehab Lab: Repairing and Restoring Old Windows in Winona
    Sat, Mar 09
    Location is TBD
    Mar 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Mar 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Old Home Certified Reception
    Old Home Certified Reception
    Tue, Feb 06
    Saint Paul
    Feb 06, 2024, 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
    Saint Paul, 445 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
    Feb 06, 2024, 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
    Saint Paul, 445 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
    Join Old Home Certified participants for a networking happy hour at Waldmann Brewery!
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  • Old Home Certified
    Old Home Certified
    Mon, Feb 05
    Saint Paul
    Feb 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – Feb 06, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Saint Paul, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
    Feb 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – Feb 06, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Saint Paul, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
    Old Home Certified is a 2-day realtor designation worth 12 CE credits, developed by the historic preservation non-profit, Rethos, in 2016. Join us February 5-6, 2024, to enrich and leverage your knowledge of old homes.
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Speaker Bios

Panel #1 

Deconstruction Masterclass: The Essentials 

Melissa Wenzel

Melissa Wenzel has worked for the MN Pollution Control Agency for nearly 2 decades, and currently works as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Built Environment Sustainability Administrator. Her current focus is on creating system-wide change within the building material management system. With key stakeholders across the state, Melissa is working to prevent C&D materials going to landfills by encouraging preservation, reuse, repair, and recycling of building materials. Previously, she was the state's industrial stormwater program coordinator. Over the years, she coordinates project-specific sustainability efforts within the agency and as a volunteer, within her community. She lives by her work motto: "human being first, government employee second." Connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaawenzel 

 

Olivia Cashman

Olivia Cashman is an Environmental Protection Specialist with Hennepin County’s Environment and Energy Department where she works to promote reuse and recycling of construction and demolition waste and ensure proper disposal of hazardous building materials. Olivia coordinates the county’s recently developed deconstruction grant and pre-demolition inspection programs. Olivia has a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the University of Minnesota and has prior work experience in environmental, health, and safety in manufacturing industries. 

 

Jason Burbul

Jason Burbul has been facilitating deconstruction projects for homeowners, businesses, and government clients since 2016 with hundreds of successful large and small projects. In 2017 he landed and then led Better Futures largest single project - the full deconstruction of 21,000 residential home in Hennepin County. In addition to leading Better Futures Minnesota's deconstruction sales efforts he also consults for and owns several reuse businesses.  

Panel #2

Deconstruction Masterclass: Climate + Environmental Impacts 

Jason Allen

Jason Allen is a Project Manager for Better Futures Minnesota and is currently managing their statewide waste diversion project to divert 15,000 tons of solid waste from the State’s 42 landfills, expand the use of reclaimed materials, and job creation centered on reuse, repurpose and recycling. Jason is a strong believer in the power of relationships and teamwork and is a powerful force in the workplace utilizing his positive attitude and energy to encourage employees to create favorable outcomes. Jason formerly managed the Better Futures Minnesota ReUse Retail Warehouse. In that role he helped reclaimed building materials harvested from deconstruction projects find new homes and uses. Jason is inspired daily by his two children Devin and Sydni. When he is not saving the World one reclaimed item at a time, Jason can be found streaming one of his favorite shows. 

 

Olivia Cashman

See Panel #1

 

Matt Rohn

Matthew Rohn is a retired St. Olaf College Environmental Humanities professor and Northfield environmental citizen-volunteer. He co-chaired the city's Climate Action Plan's Material and Waste Workgroup when it helped write the recently passed Zero Waste Plan that the CAP requires. He also served as the city's liaison for several St. Olaf student groups who undertook academic, civic engagement projects in a course offered twice during the academic year that the Zero Waste Plan was being written. Their projects helped inform the Plan and involved the college hiring contractors to deconstruct and demolish about a dozen houses on campus. He and Professor Paul Jackson led a session at the national, Deconstruction + Reuse Conference '21 on the usefulness of academic, civic engagement for such municipal tasks. 

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