Join Dovetail at the 2013 Portland Wood Solutions Fair

Sessions to address sustainable biomaterials and greening your organization


(Mpls, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, on October 15th at the 2013 Portland Wood Solutions Fair.  Members of the Dovetail team will be presenting on diverse topics including sustainable biomaterials and green organizational development. Wood Solutions Fairs are hosted by WoodWorks across various regions of the U.S. to provide information and insights on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. There is no registration fee for the one-day event, walk-ins are welcome, and continuing education credits are available.


Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director, will present a seminar titled "Modern Forestry: Growing Sustainable Bio-Materials". The presentation will address land management techniques associated with agriculture (organic and non-organic) and forestry, including natural forest management as well as plantation forestry. These systems are used to grow bio-based materials such as wood products, agricultural foods and fibers, and the raw materials for bio-energy. The presentation will compare and contrast common forestry and agricultural practices and include discussion of the diverse challenges and benefits associated with each system.


Jeff Howe, Dovetail's President, will present a seminar titled "Making a Difference: Incorporating Environmental Information into Your Organization". The presentation will  address how design and building professionals and organizations can align with clients on “green” issues in order to maximize the success (profitability) of projects (green or otherwise). An emphasis will be placed on developing the right message at the right time in the process in order to attract and retain clients that are interested in and will pay for environmental benefits and expertise.


Each seminar will be presented twice, during morning and afternoon sessions. The Fair is free to attend and geared towards architects, engineers, developers, code officials and anyone with an interest in design possibilities for wood in the built environment.


The Portland Wood Solutions Fair will take place at the Oregon Convention Center on October 15th, 2013 from 8:00am - 5:00pm (PST). For registration and agenda, visit:




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 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.


About WoodWorks

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, as well as research organizations, government agencies and other funding partners. WoodWorks was established to provide free technical support as well as education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks seek to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings at less cost.