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The Greenest Building


This three-part webinar focuses on the environmental benefits of preserving buildings and touch on ways that individuals, government, business, and society can be mindful when historic and vintage buildings and sites are proposed to be demolished. Examples include the waste, energy usage, and emissions created by demolition compared to preservation. When building preservation is not available, salvaging building materials can be an effective method to reduce waste.

Architectural Salvaging & Deconstruction

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

View recording on the Arizona Preservation YouTube Channel

Part 2 of "The Greenest Building" webinar series discusses how we can be mindful of the environment when a building is set for demolition through salvaging and deconstruction projects. There are many pieces of a building that can be reused, from the wood and bricks to the interior fixtures. View the webinar at the bottom of this page! 

Welcome & Introductions

Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation

Alesha Adolph, Arizona Preservation Foundation

Architectural Salvage and Upcycling

James Trahan, 180 Degrees Inc.

James Trahan, AIA holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University and studied Architecture in Sienna, Italy. James is a licensed architect in Arizona and holds residential and commercial general contracting licenses in the state. James is a past recipient of the AIA's Young Architect Award and the prestigious AIA Arizona’s Architects Medal. He has served as past president of both the AIA Rio Salado Chapter and AIA Arizona and is currently the president elect for the Arizona Architecture Foundation. He is the founding partner of 180 Degrees Design + Build, a boutique architecturally led design-build firm. The firm's work has been published extensively worldwide and their first monograph, Making Architecture, was published in 2019 in conjunction with a museum exhibit showcasing the firm's work. In his design approach, James currently focuses on topics of sustainability and innovation in the architecture and construction industry. James has designed and managed educational, religious, recreational, retail, and residential works and has built work in 18 states.


Deconstruction – Recycling Beyond the Bin

Karen Jayne and Alexis Yaple, Stardust

Karen has over 30 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership, management, program design, and fund development. In 2011, Jayne was appointed to CEO of Stardust and in her tenure she has increased diversion rates of usable building materials and launched the Gifts In Kind program which has distributed more than $75 million worth of reusable household items to fellow nonprofit organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She has served in leadership capacities on the board of the Organization of Nonprofit Executives as well as the national Building Materials Reuse Association and Social Enterprise Alliance Arizona Chapter. Currently she serves as a board member for the Arizona Recycling Coalition and a member of USGBC AZ Market Leadership Advisory Board and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Policy Council.

Alexis has seven years of experience in sustainability with six of those years specifically in the recycling and waste diversion sector. She has a Bachelor's degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. She has worked on the city of Phoenix Zero Waste team since 2017, first as a Zero Waste Specialist and most recently as Zero Waste Coordinator where she leads the Zero Waste team. During her time in Public Works, she has conducted education, outreach and marketing efforts, launched new programs, organized special events, managed contracts, and overseen grant applications and their respective projects.

Deconstruction at ASU

Alana Levine, Arizona State University

Alana has over twenty-five years of experience in program development, operations management, and behavior change campaigns. As director in ASU Facilities Development and Management, she oversees the Zero Waste Initiative and Grounds Services, including recycling and solid waste operations, Zero Waste marketing, the ASU Arboretum, and Campus Harvest programs. Before joining ASU, Alana was the Arizona State programs director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, developing advocacy, marketing, and policy campaigns. She previously ran recycling and waste reduction advocacy and operations at MIT and the University of Arizona. As a student, Alana worked on land use and environmental justice campaigns for several national organizations as a lobbyist, spokesperson, and campaign coordinator.

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James Trahan

Karen Jayne

Alexis Yaple

Alana Levine

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