Bringing Social Equity to Community Sustainability
BRING Partners with SquareOne Villages
Most people know BRING as the place
that gives second chances to still-valuable stuff. A new effort with SquareOne
Villages highlights the environmental nonprofit’s efforts to address the human
needs of a sustainable community.
February 15, BRING conducted the first of multiple waste assessments for the City of Eugene. BRING
staff and residents from Opportunity Village Eugene – a SquareOne project to
provide permanent housing for the recently homeless – sorted waste and
recycling from the downtown Atrium Building to measure each waste stream and
identify opportunities to improve overall waste management.
assessment service partners with SquareOne Villages – a nonprofit that creates
self-managed communities of low-cost tiny
homes for people in need of housing – to provide job training and work
experience to SquareOne residents with barriers to traditional employment.
Waste assessment studies are a hands-on way to quantify waste generated by a
home, school or office and determine how much of that waste can be reused or
recovered for recycling.
BRING as a sustainability organization,” says BRING Executive Director Carolyn
Stein. “Social equity is a critical component of a truly sustainable community.
To walk our talk, we have to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.
Providing shelter and meaningful work for everyone is important to BRING.”
in-depth knowledge about waste prevention, materials handling, green building
practices, and energy efficiency, which its staff uses to help municipal
agencies and local businesses meet their sustainability goals. BRING’s waste assessments
will demonstrate how city staff can increase efficiency through materials
purchasing decisions. Such studies can identify whole categories of waste
products, such as single use utensils and dishware, which an organization can
excited to partner with BRING in this venture,” says Dan Bryant, Executive
Director for SquareOne Villages. “This is a win-win, providing meaningful
employment for people in need of work while reducing waste and improving
sustainability. We have said all along that we seek not just to help certain individuals. We
want to improve our community, and this program is a step in that direction.”