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Getting to Zero: Goodwill NYNJ + Big Reuse

Open House New York

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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OHNY Member Ticket
OHNY Members at the Friend level may reserve one ticket and members at the Dual, Associate, and Donor levels may reserve up to two tickets.
Ended $10.00 $0.00
General Admission Ended $20.00 $0.00

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Getting to Zero: Goodwill NYNJ + Big Reuse

Photo by Dan Lucal


We throw away huge quantities of objects and material long before the end of their useful lives. From t-shirts and toys to lumber and light fixtures, reuse will be a fundamental part of life in a zero waste city. 

Along the industrial waterfront of Astoria, Queens, two adjacent facilities present very different models for how reuse centers can contribute to their communities, as well as the city at large. This tour will visit Goodwill Industries’ regional hub for the NY/NJ area to learn about how the organization’s famous thrift stores support its robust slate of job training and youth education programs.

Then, we’ll cross the street to the sprawling warehouse operated by Big Reuse (formerly Build It Green NYC) and see how one of the city’s largest thrift stores has supported the development of a number of new forms of reuse activity, including a commercial compost operation and a sawmill that processes reclaimed lumber from across the area—including the city’s thousands of rooftop water tanks.

Open House New York thanks Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey and Big Reuse for making this tour possible. 



Reservations are required as space is limited. $10 OHNY Members / $20 General Admission

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Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Getting to Zero
 is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts


Have questions about Getting to Zero: Goodwill NYNJ + Big Reuse? Contact Open House New York

When & Where

Goodwill Industries
4-21 27th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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Open House New York

Open House New York (OHNY) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of OHNY is to promote a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broaden public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educate and inspire discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcase outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit. 

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