Rose Tourje

Rose Tourje

Thursday, January 29th, 7:00 – 9:45 pm

A Decade of ‘Doing What’s Right with What’s Left’ – A Look at the Commercial Construction Waste Stream

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5

The traditional practice of liquidation leads to landfill; ANEW leads with surplus stewardship. ANEW empowers companies to reject the status quo of liquidation to landfill, instead offering sustainable solutions that include resale, recycling, and repurposing of furniture, fixtures & equipment; stewarding them to charities, non-profits, public agencies and underserved communities across the nation.

Rose started off with a very successful career in commercial interior design. Combining extensive experience as a leading CID, manager and strategist with her passion for design excellence, she flourished at prestigious firms such as EPR, Sussman Prejza, ISD, IA and DMJM (now AECOM) and especially as VP Corporate Real Estate, domestic and international, for Warner Bros. Studios.

While thriving with design and strategic management, Rose began looking more closely at industry practices, noting an utter lack of process regarding surplus furniture and equipment liquidation. She’d assumed that others were liquidating responsibly, but upon discovering that the standard practice was hauling everything to the landfill, she decided to start a non-profit to remedy the situation. Rose created her national non-profit organization, ANEW, to raise awareness and offer alternatives to traditional liquidation practices by matching surplus furniture and materials directly to charities, public agencies and the under-served.

The primary goal is to strengthen communities and avoid landfill. This simple practice offers several benefits when extending the life cycle of surplus items. It connects companies to their communities by furthering corporate citizenship and promoting social responsibility. It also spares the environment. In addition to helming ANEW, Rose educates and advises students, corporations and other interested parties about the importance of their commitment to social and environmental causes. She’s a sought after advocate of Social Sustainabilty®, the core practice at ANEW that unites social responsibility with environmental sustainability.

Rose leads by doing, raising awareness through the outcomes of repurposing, and helping companies realize the social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable practices.

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