Join Dovetail Partners Oct 20th at Urban Sustainability, Rural Prosperity Panel Discussion During National Forest Products Week

Panel to discuss mass timber use in green buildings, environmental impacts, applications and policy decisions 


(Washington, DC) - In honor of National Forest Products Week, WoodWorks is supporting a panel discussion in Washington, DC on October 20th. The panel hosted by partners reThink Wood and the American Wood Council will discuss mass timber use in green buildings. The panel discussion may be attended in person or via live stream online. Panel experts will include Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail's Director of Responsible Materials, Architect Michael Green, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, and Kathleen Sims from Plum Creek. 


There is growing recognition that expanded use of wood products, including mass timber and cross laminated timber, can reduce the environmental impacts of buildings while strengthening rural economies. In 2011, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA's strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material. In 2014, he announced a significant partnership with WoodWorks, stating that: “Building stronger markets for innovative new wood products supports sustainable forestry, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and puts rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry.” The National Forest Products Week panel discussion will address factors driving the desire to use wood in a wider range of applications and how this is being realized through both policy decisions and the expanded use of next-generation lumber and mass timber products.


Dr. Bowyer will be discussing the carbon and other environmental benefits of building with wood in non-residential and multi-family settings. 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.


The discussion will be held in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 20th from 2:00-4:00pm EST. Space is limited. Register to attend in person or to live stream.