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Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment

On March 18th the White House Rural Council hosted a workshop, Building With Wood: Jobs and the Environment, which included architects, builders, designers, wood manufactures, foresters, state officials, university leaders and representatives from across the federal government.
Innovative and expanded use of wood products is already beginning to change the face of construction across the country, and USDA is undertaking efforts to support these advancements. Wood may be one of the world's oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced. Building stronger markets for innovative new wood products supports sustainable forestry, helps buffer reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and puts rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry.

Presentations from the workshop, Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment

From the Forest to the Built Environment – understanding the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Wood Products (Jim Bowyer, Director of Responsible Materials Program, Dovetail Partners, Inc.)

Wood Design and Construction – What can be Built in Wood and Current Design Trends (Michael Malinowski, President, Applied Architecture)

Tall Wood – The Next Generation of Wood Buildings Becoming a Reality Today (Benton Johnson, PE, Associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)

Experiences Using Wood- A Federal Agency Perspective (Emilee Blount, PE, Director, Engineering, Technology and Geospatial Services, US Forest Service)

Resources for Engineers and Architects – USDA’s Partnership with WoodWorks (Jennifer Cover, Executive Director, WoodWorks)

Tall Wood – CLT and Code Issues in Seattle (Hans-Erik Blomgren, PE, Structural Engineer, ARUP)


For further information contact:
David Atkins, 202-205-1382,



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