The Center for Ecological Technology (CET) has received a $17,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to demonstrate the reuse of construction and demolition (C&D) debris. Specifically, the grant is from EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge.

According to an EPA press release, the center “proposes to create an entrance vestibule and classroom for its expanded ‘ReStore Home Improvement Center’ in Springfield, Mass., that will incorporate reused materials and educational displays about reuse.”

“Reducing construction and demolition debris helps to conserve landfill space and reduces environmental impacts including greenhouse gas emissions that result from producing new materials,” said Ira Leighton, acting regional administrator of EPA’s New England office, in a press release. “Builders can also see reduced building expenses by wiser management of these resources.”