Chapter Meeting: Reuse: The Next Frontier in Waste Management

Date(s) - 10/26/2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

3965 Freedom Circle
Santa Clara, CA


Do your organization’s ESG goals include decarbonization and/or zero waste? If so, salvage and reuse of equipment, furniture and building materials need to be a growing part of your overall sustainability and materials management efforts. In this session, panelists will explore the urgency and opportunity to recover and reuse materials. Attendees will learn about bold actions being taken by owners like Google, as well as reuse support infrastructure/enablers being developed by local government.

What are the top 3 key points/takeaways from the presentation:

  • What is recoverable today.
  • Where there’s opportunity on your next construction project.
  • Who the players are to make the process successful?
  • How you get started.


Emily English

Sustainability Director @ BNBuilders

With a background in sustainability and green building, as well as expertise in material health, Emily leads the Sustainability Department at BNBuilders, shaping corporate initiatives and working with project teams to support client sustainability goals.

Emily has completed dozens of LEED projects, and currently is an appointee to the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group. Additionally, she has worked on WELL, Fitwell and Living Building Challenge projects.

Her areas of focus include healthy materials, embodied carbon and waste prevention and diversion. Emily serves on the Steering Committee of All for Reuse, which is a group of building professionals committed to the reuse of commercial building materials. She is also a founding member of both the Bay Area and Puget Sound Sustainable Construction Leaders peer networks.

Through her previous roles at the local and national levels of USGBC, Cradle-to-Cradle, Energy Star, and the National Association of Home Builders, she has educated numerous building professionals, clients, and government officials on green building and circular economy concepts and influenced public policy in these areas.


Christopher Kubala

Workplace Services Program Lead – Space @ Google

Christopher is responsible for the Occupancy Planning, Move Management and Furniture for Google’s Bay Area buildings and campuses.

Christopher entered the corporate real estate field in 2007 when he joined the M&A team of a large financial institution working on move management efforts.  He has also run global programs reducing real estate occupancy, installing energy management systems at retail locations, and redesigned end to end processes for initiative management at various financial services companies.

He earned the Masters of Corporate Real Estate designation from CoreNet Global in 2015, and has since joined the faculty of the program, earning Top Rated Faculty honors for the past three years.  Christopher served on the board of the Carolinas Chapter of CoreNet for three years before relocating to the west coast and joining Google.

His scope currently includes the oversight of Google’s in-house furniture warehouse, allowing the company to reclaim and reuse furniture and other key building operational materials.


Kat Hanrahan

Construction and Demolition Zero Waste Assistant Coordinator @ San Francisco Environment Department

At the San Francisco Environment Department, Kat is responsible for enforcement of San Francisco’s Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Ordinance, including oversight of 350+ debris transporters and more than 30,000 permitted construction activities that generate approximately 1.5 million tons of debris each year.

Additionally, she is helping build San Francisco’s building product reuse ecosystem, working closely with Rheaply to develop an online exchange platform. Previously, Kat has been a participant of All for Reuse and has led salvage and reuse efforts on commercial construction projects in the Bay Area.






Bookings are closed for this event.