• Repair Cafe USA

The Value of Repair: Fixing Stuff and Strengthening Communities

Please join John Wackman, coordinator and communicator for Repair Cafes in the Hudson Valley, Jeanette Brizendine is the Solid Waste and Recycling Project Manager for the City of Federal Way in Washington State and founded South King Tool Library and Peter Mui, the founder of Fixit Clinic, the MIT Entrepreneurs Club, EXIT co-founder of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship CompetitionEXITand mentors academic startups at MIT, UC Berkeley, and UCSF for this Environmental Protection Agency sponsored "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: The Value of Repair: Fixing Stuff and Strengthening Communities."

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"EPA’s sustainable materials management hierarchy places source reduction and reuse at the top of the pyramid, and reuse and repair play a critical role in conserving precious resources. Our grandparents and generations before them fixed things that were broken to avoid wasting materials, money, and time. Recent experience with supply chain disruptions in the wake of the global pandemic demonstrate the value of repair and reuse, and an infrastructure to support it. 

There’s a revival of the repair tradition blossoming in locations across the globe as communities come together to repair what is broken in a variety of ways from community repair events such as Repair Cafes and Fixit Clinics to tool libraries. This webinar will share approaches to expand the growing repair movement that centers around culturally vibrant gatherings where people can bring broken items to be fixed or repurposed with assistance from an “expert” -- who may also be a neighbor or friend. These organizations and events help repair objects as they build community by bringing together the collective spirit of sharing, stewardship and waste reduction. "