The Reuse People of America Inc

Changing the built environment

aka The ReUse Institute and The ReUse People Deconstruction Company   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.TheReUsePeople.org

Mission

The ReUse People of America reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.
 
Beneficiaries include: Donors of used building materials who receive tax benefits for their donations; budget-conscious families who purchase low-cost, high-value used building materials; communities in which deconstruction reduces blight; unemployed and under-employed workers who are trained for better jobs; the environment, through substantial reductions in waste.

Ruling year info

1999

President

Mr Ted Reiff

Main address

9235 San Leandro St

Oakland, CA 94603 USA

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Formerly known as

Ted Reiff

EIN

33-0852796

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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Retail & Distribution

The ReUse People (TRP) collects, sells and distributes used building materials. In this capacity we are similar to a thrift store, where the public can purchase high quality used building materials for cents on the dollar. TRP also donates tons of reusable materials annually to other nonprofit organizations and schools. As of 2019, TRP had successfully diverted over 4000,000 tons of materials from overburdened landfills, effectively saving thousands of BTUs of embodied energy - energy that was consumed in the production of those materials and would be required to replace them. TRP raises the standard of living in affected communities by employing workers and enabling retail customers to use the savings they realize by purchasing used materials to stretch their budgets and better their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

TRP trains local contractors to deconstruct (instead of demolish) buildings to TRP specifications, delivering the salvaged materials to TRP retail warehouses or partnering outlets. Trained contractors in turn employ deconstruction workers to complete these projects. TRP regional managers instruct local contractors in the essentials of deconstruction and building-materials salvage. Through this network of contractors, TRP is able to help a growing number of communities keep reusable materials out of landfills, increase the supply of economical used building materials available within the community, and create additional employment opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The ReUse Institute is the training/consulting arm of TRP. TRI currently offers certificate training in both deconstruction and retail-warehouse operations, equipping unemployed workers and other participants with increasingly relevant "green job" skills. TRI also offers introductory workshops and in-depth deconstruction training to contractors interested in increasing their knowledge of green building practices. A variety of consulting services are also available through TRI.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To divert reusable building materials from the nation's landfills.
To distribute, donate and sell salvaged building materials through a network of retail outlets nationwide.
To build awareness of reuse and recycling as planet-friendly alternatives to a discard-and-replace lifestyle.
By training contractors and workers in deconstruction skills, to gradually supplant demolition with deconstruction wherever possible.

1. Expanding TRP by opening regional offices in new cities and states.
2. Designating regional managers and providing deconstruction training and certification to local contractors in each new region.
3. Opening retail warehouses, or partnering with existing retail outlets, in active regions.
4. Conducting deconstruction training and retail-warehouse training in a variety of settings on a regular basis.
5. Expand our reach into commercial markets

TRP is a recognized leader in deconstruction and building-materials salvage. With hundreds of thousands of tons of salvaged building materials to its credit, the company has proven its capabilities to deconstruct, reclaim, distribute and sell used building materials, and to provide the training and consulting services needed to increase the nation's reuse consciousness, one organization, or one individual, at a time.

While one of the early pioneers in deconstruction and building materials salvage, TRP has grown from its beginnings as a small San Diego-based resale enterprise to providing deconstruction and used building materials distribution throughout the entire state of California plus Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston, Chicago, and New Haven. In 2018 TRP opened its first Canadian Office in Vancouver, BC. TRP has made significant progress toward achieving its goals.

Financials

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The Reuse People of America Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Ken Ortiz

The ReUse People of America, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2021

Jeff Jeannette

Jeannette Architects

Ken Ortiz

Deconstruciton Solutions

Drew Maran

Drew Maran Construction

Noelle Nagel

Hawk Development

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.