The term “waste” has been embedded in our society as the idea that materials become worthless once they’ve served their originally intended purposes. However, by shifting our perspective just a little, much value can be discovered in the streams we’ve inaccurately labeled as “waste”. A wider appreciation of these values could spur the more efficient and reverent use of the materials we rely on. That’s the premise behind Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). To discover these hidden values for yourself, we welcome you to join the SU-EFC and NYSAR3 for an inspiring, behind-the-scenes tour of waste reduction operations that are decreasing our reliance on landfills and incinerators, creating value from discarded materials, and addressing important social justice issues.

TOUR 1: BROOKLYN, NY

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 24th | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Highlights: Sure We Can | BK Rot | Big Reuse Brooklyn | Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse
Price: $15 Non-NYSAR3 Members* | $0 NYSAR3 Members*
(*Includes lunch and shuttle bus transportation between the tour stops.)

This event has already taken place. 

Important Notes: The meet-up location for this tour is Fort Greene Park at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Washington Park. Remember to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

TOUR 2: HUDSON VALLEY, NY

Date & Time: TDB
Highlights: UCRRA | ReStore of Habitat Dutchess | Dutchess Outreach
Price: $15 Non-NYSAR3 Members* | $0 NYSAR3 Members*
(*Includes lunch and shuttle bus transportation between the tour stops.)

***This event has been postponed until Spring 2018. Details coming soon.

TOUR 3: LONG ISLAND, NY

Details coming soon!

Curious about what these tours are like? Check out highlights from the 2016 tour series here!
Have a question?
Contact SU-EFC Project Assistant, Jesse Kerns, at jekerns@syr.edu or (315) 443-8488.