Business Innovation Hub

Materials Salvage and Reuse Innovation (MSRI) Hub

 

EGLE Recycling Market Development Grant

The Domicology team at the CCED has been awarded a $600,000 state grant by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE).

The project has two primary objectives:

  1. Conduct pioneering research on value added reuses of salvaged wood (organic) products present in abandoned structures to bring that material back into the marketplace, and to,
  2. Create a statewide salvage/reuse business accelerator that will provide strategic training, technical assistance and networking to improve the viability of this nascent industry sector and expand businesses’ recycling markets for salvaged materials.

This generous state funding will enable the Domicology team to lead the effort to divert organic material (wood) from the landfill stream and create a viable circular economic sector that can salvage and effectively reuse materials generated from the estimated 226,000 blighted and abandoned residential structures in Michigan.

 

Salvage and Reuse Sector Business Opportunity Survey

MSU and EGLE want to help support your business! If you own or operate a business in the material salvage and reuse sector, we need your help identifying the challenges and opportunities that your business faces working in this sector so that we can design and conduct meaningful training and technical assistance programs that can be of value to your business. Please complete the brief online survey which should last approximately 15 minutes.

 

Take Survey!

 

Your response will help us to connect your business with relevant technical assistance and training programs; and will help us to find solutions to better serve this often overlooked sector. If this survey does not apply to you, but you know someone in this sector whose business could benefit from this assistance, please share the survey link with them.

 

Call for Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Projects

Our team plans to support student-led, faculty-guided technical assistance projects for funding. Both students, academics, business owners, and all others interested are invited to inquire and apply. These projects should provide research and technical support to salvage sector and reuse industries that advance material reuse or expand the market for salvaged businesses. If you have questions or for more details about this process or timeline, please contact us at hooperna@msu.edu. Submissions being accepted now. Undertaking this project includes a professional summary of your project describing the problem, research undertaken, results, findings, and recommendations to share on the Domicology web page and for academic applicants, a presentation such as a PowerPoint or webinar to share with select project partners.

 

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