Dovetail's Director of Responsible Materials Joins LEED Technical Advisory Group

(Mpls, MN) – Dovetail Partners announces the appointment of its Director of Responsible Materials Program, Dr. Jim Bowyer, to the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG). LEED is an internationally recognized green building program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that provides a framework for implementing and monitoring green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Technical Advisory Groups provide ongoing advice to LEED committees and working groups in order to ensure that the integrity of LEED is grounded in sound scientific and technical information.


Dr. Bowyer brings extensive knowledge and experience to MR TAG. In addition to his role at Dovetail, Bowyer is professor emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and President of Bowyer and Associates, Inc. – a consulting firm focused on helping organizations improve environmental performance. He was Head of the University of Minnesota's Department of Wood & Paper Science from 1984 to 1994, and Founder and Director of the Forest Products Management Development Institute at the University of Minnesota (an organization dedicated to education and development of industry professionals) from 1994-2003. He also served as Project Leader of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station project “Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Bio-based Materials and Products” from 1988 to 2003 and led a research team focused on global raw materials consumption and supply trends for more than 30 years.


Dr. Bowyer states, "I am honored to have been appointed to the Technical Advisory Group and look forward to working closely with other group members to provide the USGBC with authoritative materials and resources technical information."


Dr. Bowyer earned a BS degree in forest management from Oklahoma State University (1964), a MS in forest products from Michigan State University (1966), and a PhD in wood science in technology from the University of Minnesota (1973). He has also published widely on the topics of wood and fiber science, bioenergy, life cycle assessment, green building standards, global raw material trends, and environmental policy and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on these topics.


LEED Technical Advisory Group members are nominated by the related group and chosen based on their specific area of expertise. Committee members initially serve a one year term and may serve up to two more – the second lasting two years and the third lasting one year.


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About the U.S. Green Building Council

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About Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners ( provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail is comprised of a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.