PORTLAND, Ore. June 6, 2011. Sustainability is the theme for the 65th Annual
International Convention of the Forest Products Society, scheduled to meet
in Portland June 19 to 21. Hundreds of scientists, design professionals,
managers, decisionmakers, and others from academia, government, non-profit
groups, and private industry will gather to discuss the state of the forest
products industry and share information about innovations in the field.
The theme of our convention, ‘Sustainable Development and Role of
the Forest Products Industry,’ is significant and timely for our industry
as government officials and industry representatives discuss and
debate this issue,” says Barry Goodell, president of the FPS. “With
over 170 technical presentations and 150 scientific posters, the
international convention is the place to learn about the latest
developments in forest
products research and application.”
Various levels of government have
targeted the sector as one that needs to improve its performance
to meet sustainable living objectives.
Green building rating programs have been developed in an effort
to direct sustainable development efforts. The implication for
the North American
marketplace is that green building rating programs affect nearly
all building materials going into construction projects, including
wood products. Add
to this that consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious
and demanding, thus the entire construction sector is under pressure
to become more “green.”
Eini Lowell, a research forest products
technologist with the Pacific Northwest Research (PNW) Station,
U.S. Forest Service, will moderate the
opening session panel. Speakers include representatives from the
World Forestry Center, Sustainable Northwest, Weyerhaeuser, and
general session will provide a view of sustainability and its role in the
products industry from a global to regional perspective,” explains
Cosponsors of the conference include the U.S. Forest Service, World
Forestry Center, Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau, and others.
For more information and registration, visit http://www.forestprod.org/ic65/location.html.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 425 employees.