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Fourth Annual EcoBuilding Bash Recap!

Thank you to everyone who showed up to our annual EcoBuilding Bash this past Saturday! We had a great turnout with over 200 guests in attendance. This event is our way of celebrating reuse and our customers, while also providing home improvement tips from industry experts.

We loved meeting our guests in the lumber yard where the grill was going all day, plus Powder Hollow Brewery provided excellent local craft beer. 

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Fourth Annual EcoBuilding Bash!

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its fourth annual EcoBuilding Bash on Saturday, May 11th, from 12:00PM-4:00PM! This is a free and family-friendly event to celebrate our customers. This year, the Bash will focus on the reuse movement, upcycling techniques, and how to use reclaimed building materials effectively. We also want to provide our customers with the opportunity to speak with industry experts regarding home improvement and energy efficiency during workshops on:

  • Kitchen Design- Design House 413 will demonstrate how to measure and install a reclaimed kitchen cabinet into your home.
  • DIY/Upcycling-Bird Hill Farm will provide several examples of projects and a process discussion related to creative reuse projects. This workshop will also include a demonstration and hands-on activity using reclaimed lumber, hardware, and paint from our showroom!
  • Green Building- J & R Contractors will present on their current LEED certified project, and how they have been able to adjust and reuse reclaimed products throughout all stages of the construction process.


 There will be lots going on, including:

  • Free Hamburgers and Hot Dogs (vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request)
  • Free face painting by Zap Dazzle Studio
  • Live entertainment and raffle prizes from The River
  • Vermicomposting demonstrations
  • Live voting on our Reuse Rockstar competition entries
  • Crafting for all ages
  • Local craft beer from Powder Hollow Brewery
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Money and Energy Saving Tips for Spring Yard Work

The temperatures are rising and the flowers are blooming! With the longer days and warmer weather comes some yard work. While you’re getting your lawn and gardens ready for the season, we have a few tips that can help you save money while reducing waste and your carbon impact!

Compost yard waste

You’re going to be removing all kinds of carbon-rich “browns” from your yard. Thatch (a layer of dead organic material between the root and green parts of grass), sticks, dead leaves you didn’t clean up in the fall, and similar materials are great additives for your compost pile. You want three parts “browns” to one part “greens” (more recently-alive, nitrogen-rich materials, such as plant clippings) to keep everything decomposing well. You can add the finished compost to your garden soil or lawn later in the season to promote growth.

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DIY Serving Tray from Reclaimed Cabinet Door

What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with an outdoor party? Serving trays are functional and provide a great accent piece for your party. Repurposing a single cabinet door into a serving tray is perfect for serving cold drinks and/or appetizers for your guests. We purchased reclaimed single cabinet doors, paint, and handles from EcoBuilding Bargains! 

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Press Release: Wendy Penner Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s Environmental Leadership Award

Wendy Penner Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s Environmental Leadership Award

Wendy Penner Receives 2019 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for

Community Environmental Leadership 

4/22/19 Pittsfield, MA – Wendy Penner has received the 2019 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET).

Penner will be given her award this evening Monday, April 22 (which happens to be Earth Day), at the Williamstown Select Board meeting. Award namesake Laura Dubester and CET Board Member Nancy Nylen are the presenters. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, who served as co-directors of CET for decades until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.

“I deeply admire Laura and Alan for their vision and dedication to finding positive and practical solutions that empower people from all walks of life to “think globally, act locally,” stated Penner. “It’s especially meaningful to me to be recognized with an award named for them.”

The award is given by CET to a local citizen or group who is working in their community to benefit the local environment with a focus on reducing the harmful impacts that humans can have on the environment, and the positive steps that people can take at home, work, and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve quality of life, and build community.

“Wendy Penner is a true community leader who has been working to raise awareness and encourage people to take positive actions to protect our environment, at the local level and beyond,” said CET President John Majercak. “We believe the best way to honor Alan and Laura’s work is to recognize the work and commitment of other remarkable people like Wendy.”

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