As a result of being a participating sponsor at the 2013 Living the New Economy (LNE) event in Victoria, Pacific Rim College president Todd Howard met Andrew MacDonald, visionary founder of the upstart upcycler Hammer and Tidy. Soon after the event, the college hired Andrew to help with some projects for a new wing that was under renovation. A couple of initial projects led to a year’s relationship in which Hammer and Tidy completed a feature pallet wall, refaced a kitchen and two bathrooms, made numerous pieces of furniture, built teaching lecterns, and expanded the college’s herbal dispensary. The best part is that virtually all of the materials were salvaged, and wood was stained using a balsamic vinegar and steel wool concoction. Both Pacific Rim College and Hammer and Tidy have the Opportunity Fair of LNE to thank. This year’s Living the New Economy Global Live is truly going global, with opportunities for participation no matter where you live. See the full story at LNE’s website.