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Warmer Landscapes: DIY Stained Glass Windows

Sometimes the only way to get through a cold winter day is with a good DIY project! We’ve utilized these salvaged windows from our store, EcoBuilding Bargains, to create a unique and colorful stained glass decorative piece. Whether you want to envision a warmer landscape or showcase your favorite images, this easy and kid-friendly craft is a great way to mix up your space!

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The EcoFellowship Experience: Olivia Horwitz

The last semester of college was a very nerve-wracking, yet exciting time for me. I was overwhelmed with what I would do after college and how I was going to make it as a young professional in the environmental field. I was studying Environmental and Urban Studies with a focus in food systems and agriculture at Bard College. I knew I wanted to go into the environmental field, but I had no idea what I wanted to focus on. Prior to the EcoFellowship, I worked on farms, greenhouses, and waste reduction initiatives on campus, yet I was fearful I didn’t have enough work experience or wasn’t qualified enough to work in a professional environment. I originally thought I would go into food waste prevention. However, during my time here at CET I have been able to explore different sectors in the environmental field, causing me to shift my focus from food waste to building material waste. CET has a retail store, EcoBuilding Bargains, which is the biggest reuse store in Western New England, and being able to work at the store combines my passion for the environment and sustainable building practices while also including my strong interest in interior design.

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The EcoFellowship Experience: Morgan Laner

About halfway through my senior year of college, I felt slightly panicked. I was completing a degree in environmental studies and sociology at Rollins College and realized that I had no idea what my next steps were. In this period of uncertainty, I came across the Center for EcoTechnology’s EcoFellowship program. It was the perfect opportunity – the ability to explore my options through data-driven and meaningful projects and work with likeminded, empowered people. Once I began, I learned that the term ‘professional development’ wasn’t just a buzzword that CET used to recruit potential fellows – I actually got to conduct informational interviews, take tours of facilities, and explore passions outside of my direct responsibilities as part of my paid work day. Throughout these past five months, I’ve realized the benefit of the EcoFellowship for my own personal growth and am looking forward to furthering my knowledge and interest in waste reduction in order to solidify my career aspirations.

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Get Organized in 2019: Upcycled Shutters

As the new year begins, we’re all thinking about how to refresh our spaces and get more organized. A great way to get inspiration is by visiting our store, EcoBuilding Bargains, where there is a large amount of inventory moving in and out every day. Using salvaged or reused items, such as those from EcoBuilding Bargains, can be a unique and environmentally friendly way to decorate your home.

We found these beautiful shutters and re-purposed them into holders that can be placed near the entryways of your home for important items, such as keys or mail. We also made a kid-friendly chore board, using different icons to represent tasks and check marks that can be used to indicate whether the task has been completed. Check out the instructions below!

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The EcoFellowship Experience: Jonathan Ruiz

Hello! My name is Jonathan Ruiz and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. I graduated last April from the University of Michigan with a degree in Environmental Science. My desire to work in the environment started when I took an Environmental Sustainability class in high school. From then on I wanted to learn everything I could about environmental practices. My senior year of college I went back and forth on how I could make an impact, but also find a career I would enjoy being a part of. Upon finding the EcoFellowship, I knew I had to apply since it was everything I was looking for. Over the course of the last five months I have developed a plethora of professional skills: project management, direct installations, and outreach and education development. In the coming months, I hope to find more ways I can make an impact in the natural and built environment. The skills I have attained so far, through the EcoFellowship, have helped me progress not only as a professional, but as an individual.

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