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Renovated San Jose building hosts ReStore

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Decades-old building brought back to life as Environmental Innovation Center.

CDR Staff May 27, 2014

The city of San Jose is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open a 1950s-era wax paper manufacturing warehouse that has been converted into the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center.

The building in north-central San Jose will have three tenants initially, including a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The new 15,000-square foot Habitat for Humanity ReStore in San Jose will be the fourth to open in the Bay Area, according to a news release from the city of San Jose. ReStores offer used or excess inventory construction materials such as doors, windows, lighting fixtures, cabinets, appliances, furniture and tools. Proceeds from ReStore units go toward funding the Habitat for Humanity organization.

The city of San Jose is touting the Environmental Innovation Center as a “showcase of energy- and water-efficiency building practices.”

“San Jose is committed to green building practices because that’s where a significant amount of our energy and water use takes place,” says Chuck Reed, the city’s mayor. “The new Environmental Innovation Center will house a number of services that will help promote sustainability and advance San Jose’s ambitious Green Vision goals.”

The other two initial tenants of the Center are the County of Santa Clara for the operation of a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facility and an organization called Prospect Silicon Valley.

The Prospect Silicon Valley (Prospect SV) space includes a 22,000-square foot Technology Demonstration Center designed to help entrepreneurs with emerging technologies attract partners, investors, customers and talent.

“Prospect SV is a vital partner for San Jose’s ongoing leadership in the clean technology sector,” says Kim Walesh, director of the San Jose Office of Economic Development. “Together, we are now positioned to help entrepreneurs transition emerging technologies into solutions for urban centers, including transportation, green building technologies and energy efficiency.”

Those seeking more information can go to www.sjenvironment.org/eic.

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