Spring Workshop to Address Green Products for Wholesalers and Retailers

UPDATE 3/20/09: WORKSHOP POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2009.  TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION WHEN THE WORKSHOP IS RESCHEDULED - PLEASE CALL 612-333-0430 OR EMAIL INFO@DOVETAILINC.ORG.

 

 

Jan. 6, 2009 - (Mpls, MN) The Forest Products Management Development Institute (FPMDI) is hosting a one-day workshop on March 20th for wholesalers and retail distributors of building materials. The workshop, “Enhancing the Bottom Line Through Certified Forest Products: A Primer for Wholesalers and Retailers” will be held at the Radisson Suite Hotel in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

 

“We'll provide wholesale and retail building products distributors with critical information needed to successfully market certified wood and to better serve the growing green building market,” says Dr. Jim Bowyer, one of the workshop presenters and a national authority on green building and the environmental performance of building materials.

 

The target audience for the event includes retail and wholesale building product distributors, manufacturers concerned about promoting their products as environmentally responsible, as well as people interested in learning more about certified wood products, green product markets and marketing, and the logistics of wood product certification.

 

“People who attend this event will learn the fundamentals of certified forest products and be able to go back to their organizations and take action with the information gained,” says Kathryn Fernholz, presenter and experienced certification auditor.

 

The connection between certified wood products and green building is also on the agenda for the conference. Current trends demonstrate that even in today's economy, green building continues to grow and offer business opportunities.

 

“A common element of green building programs is that they either require or reward the use of certified wood products, and businesses need to understand how to participate in chain-of-custody certification so their products qualify,” says Dr. Jeff Howe. Jeff has almost 15 years of experience running chain-of-custody certified companies, and he will walk workshop attendees through the certification process.

 

The Forest Products Management Development Institute is an entity of the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. Additional information and registration details are available fromhttp://fpmdi.cfans.umn.edu or by calling 612-624-1293.

 

For more information contact Bob Seavey, Dept of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering: 612-624-3028 or bseavey@umn.edu.