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Margaret DiLorenzo Joins ANEW Board of Directors

Board Recognizes Leadership in Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability

[Los Angeles, CA – June 8, 2015] Asset Network for Education Worldwide (ANEW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Di Lorenzo MCR, LEED AP, project manager at CBRE, to its Board of Directors. As a leader of sustainable practices in the commercial real estate field and a valuable advocate of community outreach, DiLorenzo’s appointment to the ANEW board is a natural choice.

“I’m happy to be a part of this unique organization, and I look forward to working closely with Rose, the board members and the ANEW team,” says DiLorenzo.

In their collaborative relationship, ANEW and CBRE enjoy the best of both worlds. CBRE brings commercial real estate clients to ANEW for help in liquidating and stewarding surplus, thus boosting corporate social responsibility, as well as charitable organization clients to which ANEW can match surplus.

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Local Youth Advocate for Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles during Act! Speak! Build! Week April 6 to 12, 2014

“Opening the Doors to Change” Design Contest is One Way to Get Involved

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2014: Act! Speak! Build! Week (ASBW) is a student-initiated advocacy program that empowers young people ages 5-25, not only to educate themselves about affordable housing issues, but also to take action. Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country participate annually and this year ASBW will take place April 6-12.  Locally, schools and universities will participate with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) by planning and hosting an event or activity focused on ending poverty housing, raising social consciousness, and changing housing policy.

This year’s theme is “Opening the Doors to Change.

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Rudy Carrasco Joins Deconstruction & ReUse Network’s San Francisco Team

Laguna Beach, CA – March 13, 2014: Deconstruction & ReUse Network, Inc. (DRN) is thrilled to announce Rudy Carrasco has joined the organization as a project manager in its San Francisco region. DRN is an environmental and social benefit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting and empowering deconstruction practices and the reuse of quality building materials through collaboration.

In his role as project manager, Rudy Carrasco will assist property owners with planning and oversight of their projects, while networking with local organizations and municipalities to expand awareness of DRN’s services throughout the San Francisco area.

“Rudy brings valuable experience with building materials and construction management to our team,” said Lorenz Schilling, president of DRN. “He also understands the powerful impact the practice of reuse can have in the community.

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Carrie Coffey Joins Deconstruction & ReUse Network in Los Angeles

Laguna Beach, CA – January 23, 2014: Deconstruction & ReUse Network, Inc. (DRN) is thrilled to announce Carrie Coffey has joined the organization as a representative in Los Angeles County. DRN is an environmental and social benefit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting and empowering deconstruction practices and the reuse of quality building materials through collaboration. Ms. Coffey joins a successful team led by Los Angeles Regional Manager Myles McGray and will help expand outreach to the region.

“We are experiencing solid growth throughout California, particularly in the Los Angeles area so we are delighted to have Carrie on board with us,” says Lorenz Shilling, DRN president and founder.  “Her hands-on experience in home remodeling and passion for reuse and recycling is a great advantage for us in being able to support the needs of our partners and reach our goals as an organization.

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Deconstruction & ReUse Network Joins the AmazonSmile Program

Laguna Beach, CA – January 21, 2014:  Deconstruction and ReUse Network (DRN) is thrilled to announce it is now a featured nonprofit in the AmazonSmile program, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. To participate, shoppers sign in with their usual Amazon login info at, then search for and select “Deconstruction and ReUse Network” under the ‘choose your own charities’ space.

“We are very excited about the potential possibilities of growth for DRN since becoming an AmazonSmile charity,” says Lorenz Schilling, founder of DRN. “This platform will give us increased exposure and much-needed funding to help us continue our mission.”

DRN is dedicated to educating people and empowering the use of deconstruction practices and the reuse of quality building materials through collaboration.

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ANEW Announces Two Patron Level Sponsors

[Pasadena, CA – May 28, 2013] Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc. (ANEW) is pleased to recognize PARALLELTEK and J+J/Invision as champions in the field of social responsibility and environmental practices. Each of these companies named members representing senior leadership to work with ANEW and have signed on as Patron Sponsors to join efforts toward bettering industry practices.

PARALLETEK is an integrated smart office technology company headed by President and General Manager Anthony Minite. Minite’s support for ANEW began during his previous post as President and CEO of Bentley Prince Street, California’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer. While there, Minite backed the ANEW Social Sustainability® mission by providing warehouse space and supporting them as a sustaining sponsor. In 2012 he was unanimously elected chairman of the board for the organization.

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