Meegan is the Director of Business Development at Rebuilding Exchange in Chicago, which is a non-profit organization that finds, repurposes, and sells reclaimed materials. Most of the materials come from deconstruction sites. Rebuilding Exchange keeps would-be garbage out of landfills to sell for a fraction of what they would cost brand-new, lending a hand towards the emerging green economy.
Meegan has been with the company since day one. She often goes out into the field to hunt for materials and dreams up creative ways to reuse them. Her background in historic restoration made her a natural fit for her occupation. This restoration of a new nature allows materials to pass from one location to another, filled with stories of the past and possibilities for different uses in the future.
Yesterday, I tagged along as Meegan and her dog, Boomer, went out to a deconstruction site. The house had materials in it that were more than a century old. Demolition jackpot! We loaded some of the lumber into her trusty Silverado and headed back to Rebuilding Exchange to get it ready for resale. The warehouse is so huge, Meegan skateboards from task to task to save time. I’m a huge fan of the organization and all the people who devote so much of their time to making the world cleaner, more purposeful space.
Find out more about Rebuilding Exchange here.