Repurposing in New Orleans

My friend M. is in New Orleans this week on an environmental learning/volunteer trip. Obviously a pretty interesting time to be there considering the Mississippi's relentless floods (tangent: OnEarth magazine asks whether the precipitation that's lead to the floods has anything to do with climate change, but doesn't provide a definite answer). Today, she worked with other volunteers at The Green Project, a nonprofit warehouse and education center that repurposes old building materials for resale and prevents them from going to landfills. Here's a video from another volunteer group:

The Building Materials Reuse Association also keeps a list of similar organizations around the country.