ALCO Waste Management Authority among winners in $1 billion Build Back Better challenge

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(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) The Alameda County Waste Management Authority was among several regional winners in the Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority, also known as the Stop Waste organization, was recognized by the Build Back Better Regional Challenge for its Transforming the Bay Area Construction Sector project.

The transformational project aims to rework construction projects in the Bay Area, with the overall goal of carbon neutrality and sustainable construction.

If provided with a grant, Stop Waste's coalition put forward five projects across various fields, including construction, tech development, business innovation, education and pilot projects.

According to the Stop Waste coalition's proposal, the innovative housing cluster will increase home production and affordability by using the most innovative technologies to reduce waste, create green jobs with upward mobility, build stronger regional supply chains and manufacture high-value products from regional waste stream's.

The plan, according to the proposal is largely based on three principles of both recycling used materials and reusing partial materials.

For example, the proposal outlines that roughly 20% of the Bay Area's massive demand for cement and concrete could be supplemented by carbon sequestering and increased use of recycled aggregates. Another example is the estimated 1- 2 million tons of straw that could potentially be pulled from rice and other crops throughout the state and used for building materials.

The third principle outlined in the proposal is more ideological in that it rethinks the existing nature of urban design. As outlined by the coalition, the implementation of deconstruction projects rather than demolition, provides an economic opportunity far beyond any potential profit from the building alone. Deconstruction creates three times as many jobs as compared to demolition.

Additionally, the materials can then be reused for other construction later.

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