The Green Impact Zone is working with several partners, including the city of Kansas City, Green Vets, EnergyWorks KC, Habitat ReStore and the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, to provide deconstruction training for contractors beginning in April, followed by training for interested residents in June.

Deconstruction differs from demolition in that building materials are carefully salvaged for recycling and reuse. Participants will learn valuable job skills during the deconstruction of homes that have been deemed unsuitable for renovation. The homes are part of a group of foreclosed properties donated to the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council by Wells Fargo Bank.

The contractor training will be held on April 14-15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Habitat ReStore, 4701 Deramus Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Contractors must complete this two-day training and be on the city’s certified demolition list to be eligible to bid on deconstruction work. To learn more about how to be included on the list, please contact Nate Pare. For other information about deconstruction training, contact Arletha Manlove, the Green Impact Zone workforce development ombudsman.