National Policy Town Hall on Reduce and Reuse, 10/8

10 am-12 pm PDT / 1-3 pm EDT


Reduce and Reuse are at the top of the EPA, Pollution Prevention and Zero Waste Hierarchies to reduce and most efficiently use of resources and minimize environmental impacts.  This work starts with changing consumption patterns and redesigning products, packaging, and buildings to be more durable, reusable and easily repairable. In recent years, communities and businesses have increasingly recognized the importance of reduction and reuse and have found innovative ways to implement new programs and policies.

This webinar will discuss some of these policies and programs, including: Right to Repair; Reuse and Repair Innovation; Measuring Reduction and Reuse; Engaging Employees to Reduce and Reuse; and Building Deconstruction.

Join this webinar for a moderated Town Hall-style event that will include the latest developments on these and other topics with leaders in the field, plus a lively Q&A session!

Feedback from panelists and attendees will be used to guide how NRC updates its policies on these issues. The NRC Policy Committee will compile the results of the National Zero Waste webinar and conference sessions into recommendations for action to the NRC Board of Directors to consider in updating NRC policies and programs.

All attendees will receive a Reduce and Reuse Greatest Links List.


  • Moderator:  Timonie Hood, U.S. EPA, Region 9
  • Nathan Proctor, U.S.PIRG – Right to Repair
  • Leah Tischler, SBM Management – TRUE Zero Waste Implementation
  • Samantha Sommer, UPSTREAM – Reusable Foodware Models
  • Jacky Brown, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County – Reuse and Job Training
  • Dave Bennink, Building Deconstruction Institute – Deconstruction and Building Materials Reuse
Leah Tischler

Leah Tischler

As the Sustainability Manager for SBM on a large software company’s corporate campus in Redmond Washington, Leah works with a variety of vendors and other stakeholders to implement and expand Zero Waste initiatives. Leah also manages a sort and sustainability team tasks, conducting waste diversion practices throughout the site. As a TRUE advisor, she also maintains the campus Zero Waste certification. Leah was also able to certify the campus largest annual hackathon TRUE platinum in 2019 becoming one of the only events to hold that certification. Prior to working for SBM, Leah was the Recycling Specialist for the County of Kauai, insuring diversion was maintained throughout the Island. She graduated from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Environmental Management and Protection
SBM Sustainability Team
Site Manager
Jacky Brown

Jacky Brown

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

Vice President Of Retail

Timonie Hood

Timonie Hood

Timonie works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest office in San Francisco covering California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribes. She treasures working with diverse teams on Zero Waste, Green Building and Climaterials policies and projects.

Recently, she has been working with Pacific Islands colleagues to develop and implement Zero Waste Plans and with the Bay Area Deconstruction Workgroup to develop safe deconstruction and building materials reuse policies and actions.

Previously, she Co-Chaired EPA’s Green Building Workgroup and co-created and managed the EPA/American Institute of Architects/Building Materials Reuse Association Lifecycle Building Challenge – an online competition on designing buildings for adaptation, disassembly and reuse.

Timonie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a law degree from Arizona State University.


Zero Waste & Green Building Coordinator

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