Daniel Kietzer

About Daniel Kietzer

http://usbcsd.org

Daniel works with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and helps manage the Austin Materials Marketplace program. He’s one part writer, one part designer, one part developer, one part event planner, and one part task manager; and is passionate about creating real business opportunities through sustainability.

Posts by Daniel Kietzer:

June 29, 2017: June Sustaina-brews at Hops & Grain

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June 30, 2017: Austin Sustainable Building Materials Forum

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Building materials are a big deal. Building booms create competition not only for labor and equipment, but also for construction materials—affecting supply lines, timelines and bottom lines. Designers, builders, remodelers and recycling service teams can address these concerns and support the Circular Economy by promoting greater resources productivity, reducing waste and avoiding pollution.

The conference, organized by Austin Resource Recovery, will feature an innovative product showcase, resource-efficient case studies, and town hall discussions on construction material hot topics and a tour of indoor air quality labs. See tentative program and register by clicking here.

Past Event: May Sustaina-brews at Hops & Grain

Join us at Hops & Grain on May 25th – 5:30 to 7:30pm – for our monthly networking series, Sustaina-brews. This casual event will bring together sustainability, zero-waste and environmental professionals in the Austin-area to talk shop and create community. RSVP on Facebook or just swing by and say hi!

Time: May 25, 2017; 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702 (map)

Past Event: Sustaina-brews at Hops & Grain

Join us at Hops & Grain on April 27th – 5:30 to 7:30pm – for our monthly networking series, Sustaina-brews. This casual event will bring together sustainability, zero-waste and environmental professionals in the Austin-area to talk shop and create community. RSVP on our Facebook event page and share with your colleagues.

Time: April 27, 2017; 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702 (map)

Past Event: Sustaina-brews at Hops & Grain

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Join us at Hops & Grain on March 30th – 5:30 to 7:30pm – for our new monthly networking series, Sustaina-brews. This casual event will bring together sustainability, zero-waste and environmental professionals in the Austin-area to talk shop and create community. RSVP below, or just swing by!

Time: March 30, 2017; 5:30 to 7:30pm
Location: Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St #101, Austin, TX 78702 (map)

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Granite Dust for Healthy Soil

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Granite Recyclers Austin is an Austin-based recycling and remanufacturing business that produces solid stone products like fire pits, pavers and split-faced tiles from 100% pre-consumer granite by-products generated by other Austin stone businesses. Their business, which we’ve covered in the past on our blog, plays an important role in helping other businesses in Austin divert waste from landfill and into higher and better use.

The focus today though is on another aspect of their business – and that’s the efforts they’re making in their own operations to be a zero-landfill business. The specialized machinery used by Granite Recyclers Austin produces two by-products: granite rubble and cutting sludge, which is dried and sifted to form a dust-like soil amendment.

Through the Austin Materials Marketplace program, Granite Recyclers Austin has been able to find reuse opportunities for both of these waste streams, approximately 13,500 pounds so far, including a connection made this week with the Compost Coalition for the granite dust.

Granite dust contains many nutrients and minerals that can be easily absorbed by plants. This soil amendment improves plant structure, increases resistance to pests and disease, and creates more intense flavors in fruits and veggies. This material was a perfect fit for the Compost Coalition, a grass-roots, volunteer network whose mission is to divert organics from the landfill back into our soil. Last week, the Compost Coalition picked up approximately 20 pounds of the dust to distribute to local community gardens, including a new project to create organic food gardens in underserved areas in Austin.

Give us a shout to learn more about getting involved in the Austin Materials Marketplace.

Two unconventional farmers find an unconventional match through the Austin Materials Marketplace

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Aspire Food Group and Eden’s Cove Farm projected to see over $13,000 in savings and value creation

The Austin Materials Marketplace network is made up of over 200 eco-conscious organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs; including Austin’s only commercial scale, food-grade cricket farm: Aspire Food Group. Sustainability has deep roots at Aspire; not only in their drive to reimagine global food systems, but also in how they operate on a day-to-day basis. To this end, Aspire joined the Austin Materials Marketplace to discover higher and better uses for their primary by-products: coconut coir, peat moss, and organic cricket feed.

At Aspire, the crickets have an average lifespan of a little over one month. At the end of this month, there is leftover feed and nesting habitat materials – peat moss and coconut coir. Like many materials we see in the Materials Marketplace program, we quickly recognized the economic and environmental potential in finding a higher and better use for these nutrient-dense materials.

Eden’s Cove Farm, a heritage hog farm focused on building community and sustainability, is one of the participants capturing value from this by-product stream. On an ongoing basis, Eden’s Cove is picking up thousands of pounds of material per month from Aspire Food Group to use as feed for their heritage hogs. So far, the transaction has diverted 7,470lbs from landfill and avoided 5 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Both parties will also save big in 2017 with this ongoing transaction: approximately $12,000 per year in replacement feed costs, and a little over $1,000 per year in landfill disposal and new by-product revenue.

To sweeten the pot a bit more, Eden’s Cove is also using buckets from Austin Bergstrom International Airport – found through the Austin Materials Marketplace – to transport and store the feed. Austin Bergstrom International Airport generates an ongoing supply of these buckets; they typically recycle them, but prefer to find opportunities for the buckets to be reused due to the environmental benefits of reuse over recycling. With three different organizations finding reuse opportunities through this one transaction, this is truly a win-win-win scenario.

Take advantage of our program and create value for your business today by logging into your Marketplace account, browsing what’s available and starting a transaction. Not an Austin Materials Marketplace participant? Joining is easy – get in touch today to learn more.

Apto Solutions and Liquis Inc. find new value through the Austin Materials Marketplace

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Apto Solutions, an ITAD services provider, and Liquis Inc., a facilities decommissioning and asset recovery corporation, joined the Austin Materials Marketplace program to buy and sell inventory that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Because of the environmental benefits of reuse over recycling, Apto and Liquis hoped to find reuse opportunities through the Austin Materials Marketplace program to generate value and improve their environmental footprint. Since November, Apto has used the Marketplace to find new markets for many of the materials they’ve made available so far, with almost every transaction generating value and helping Austin achieve its zero-waste goal.

Take for example Apto’s recent transaction with Liquis for 19 telecommunication vaults – large plastic and metal boxes used to house and route telecommunications equipment underground. Liquis purchased all 19 vaults from Apto to distribute for direct reuse. This transaction created mutual value for both companies. Buying these new and unused vaults through the Marketplace created thousands of dollars in savings for Liquis. For Apto Solutions, the transaction resulted in the creation of additional value and savings by finding a buyer and avoiding additional disposal fees. This transaction also saved around 1.66 metric tons of CO2 and diverted 554 cubic feet from landfill.

As we roll into 2017, we hope to see many more transactions like these that create significant value for program participants, the local economy, and the environment. Login to your Marketplace account now to check out what’s available and start a transaction of your own.

Welcome Apto Solutions to the Marketplace

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We’re thrilled to welcome Apto Solutions to the Austin Materials Marketplace network! They’ve already posted some really interesting materials in the Marketplace – login and take a look today.

Apto Solutions, a computer hardware company based in the USA, acts as the circular linchpin for reusing and recycling customers’ technology assets. By leading with innovative software solutions, Apto Solutions injects transparency into a legacy industry that, until now, has been primarily focused on hardware. The company has established a network of trusted partners that take IT equipment from in-production through sanitization, all the way to the recycling process. Apto Solutions recovers value from its customers’ unwanted assets by protecting them from costly data breaches, and also by reusing and reselling equipment. This all occurs in a single, integrated, circular process that prolongs the life of the customers’ technology.

Past Event: Open Architecture Collaborative Kick-off with the Austin Materials Marketplace

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Open Architecture Collaborative just started in Austin and they’re partnering with the Austin Materials Marketplace for an evening of lightning talks featuring Austin’s creative community and a collaborative discussion about the circular economy and reusing materials in our city.

Speakers include:

  • Daniel Kietzer from the Austin Materials Marketplace
  • Tom Hatch from h+uo architects
  • Natalie Betts from Austin Resource Recovery
  • Audrey Vilain & Beau Frail from Open Architecture Austin

Date: Tuesday, November 15th / 6PM – 8PM
Location: Twin Oaks Branch Public Library / 1800 S 5th St, Austin, TX 78704 / Meeting Room #2
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-architecture-austin-kick-off-tickets-28820257165

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