Our Mission

To develop a building material re-use culture through facilitation, collaboration, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision

Emergent Structures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to changing our society’s perception of waste. We aim to reduce the land-filling of building materials through innovative re-purposing projects. We facilitate collaborations between architects, developers, engineers, contractors, property owners and municipal governments in order to replace short-sighted demolition practices with sustainable deconstruction and re-use strategies. We develop innovative material re-use initiatives that foster community development and highlight the triple bottom line value of material re-purposing.

Through piloting a portfolio of strategies in Savannah, Georgia since 2009, we have developed a comprehensive framework which can be applied by municipalities and large developers, as well as facilitation services which have been designed to successfully apply this framework.

Emergent Structures works toward transforming the public’s perception of waste. We believe there are ways to empower local populations by facilitating the distribution of these formerly unwanted materials throughout the community, including schools, other non-profits; municipal buildings and parks, and local and indigenous craft incubators.

Our Values


Design Thinking

We celebrate the transformative power of design thinking as a tool that can align visions, iterate solutions through experimentation, bring new ideas into demonstrable form, and create unprecedented opportunities for sustainable change.

Community + Cultural Enrichment

The local community and its cultural richness are at the heart of all successful and sustainable movements. We value this cultural vibrancy of empowered local communities.


Even as the global demand for natural resources increases rapidly, today’s waste streams represent an increasing danger to the health of the planet’s eco-systems. We embrace innovations in technology, industry and human relationships that transform such threats into opportunities for all.

Economic Development

Great economic potential exists within our society’s waste stream. New opportunities to tap into that economic potential in a long-term, sustainable manner can be created for organizations, businesses, and local communities through education, training and innovative partnerships.


We believe that educational and training programs for the public, private and non-profit sectors can increase the awareness and utility of construction and demolition waste streams, and encourage sustainable and creative reuse of building materials.


We value innovative and strategic, cross-sector partnerships that stimulate diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives.