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Rose Tourje Urges Design Community to Practice Decommission vs Demolition at NeoCon 2012

ANEW Founder to Participate in “Sustainability Without Boarders” Panel Discussion

Chicago, IL – [June 11, 2012] Rose Tourje, founder and president of Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc. (ANEW), will be representing the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at this year’s NeoCon World’s Trade Fair. The show runs June 11-13, 2012 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and will shine a spotlight on the latest and greatest new products, while Tourje will be standing up for doing what’s right with what’s left®. There will be several opportunities for attendees to connect with Tourje and learn more about the important work ANEW does by transforming surplus into service.

Tourje will lead a panel discussion, “Sustainability Without Borders,” with John Peterson of Public Architecture and Tracy Backus of Teknion. Using a case study of the Teknion Chicago showroom, Public Architecture, THE 1%, and ANEW will highlight the successes of good design for the greater good. Teknion’s sustainability program leads with a social conscience; architects and recipients involved in the case study will participate in the discussion, which takes place Tuesday, June 12 from 10:30 am to noon at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in the Steamboat Room.

“There are many aspects of sustainability. Working with ANEW, companies can explore the best sustainable ways to maximize Corporate Social Responsibility, bolster their bottom lines and strengthen communities,” says Tourje.

ANEW will also have a presence in the Bentley Prince Street showroom on the 10th floor in Suite #1060, where their award-winning short documentary “ANEW, doing what’s right with what’s left®,” will be shown daily. Bentley Prince Street is a sustaining sponsor of ANEW and donates warehouse space to the organization. Together, Bentley Prince Street and ANEW have successfully repurposed carpet tile to benefit organizations and communities, as well as down-cycling, or recycling, broadloom carpet.

The ANEW board of directors is currently expanding. Anthony Minite, president of Bentley Prince Street, was recently elected chairman by unanimous vote. The board also welcomes new member Sandy Wilson. Wilson currently serves as Vice President at Systems Source Inc., a leading Knoll dealer, and has over twenty-five years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the office furniture industry. At ANEW Wilson will head the committee for event planning and fundraising, bringing a wealth of leadership experience with organizations such as AIA and IIDA. At this time of growth and opportunity, ANEW and the board welcome these significant additions and remain committed to doing their good work.

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About ANEW

ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide, Inc.) is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved.  For more information, visit


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