Dovetail Partners Addresses White House Rural Council on Benefits of Wood in Green Buildings


(Washington, D.C.) - Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners' Director of Responsible Materials, addressed the White House Rural Council and U.S. Department of Agriculture at a symposium today on wood as part of the Council’s work to enhance economic opportunity in rural America and advance President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Topics presented at the Symposium highlighted the Council's goal of promoting quality of life and economic opportunity issues in rural America by focusing on the social, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable forest management and wood products manufacturing and use.


Dr. Bowyer was invited to speak at the event because of his extensive knowledge and experience to the Symposium. 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. 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.


Dr. Bowyer states, "I am honored to have been invited to present at the Symposium and for the chance to speak with climate change leaders regarding the importance of wood products in green building and their ability to capture carbon and improve building-related energy efficiencies."


The Symposium is consistent with President Barack Obama's recent Climate Action Plan, which seeks to promote the use of forest products from responsibly-managed forests in the United States to reduce carbon pollution, combat global climate change and implement preventative measures nationally to prepare for climate change's socioeconomic impacts. The Action Plan highlights the important role that forests and wood products play in sequestering carbon, retaining greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting thriving wood product markets.