Thursday, March 28, 2024

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Transparency in Forestry Management Practices: A Unified Voice for Mass Timber’s Sustainability Story

Oregon Ballroom 202 | Overflow: B115-116
Track 3
1.5 AIA LU/HSW (and 0.15 ICC credits)


Vincent Martinez
President & COO
Architecture 2030
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The People Who Make Sustainable Forest Management Happen

As more attention is turned to forests and forest products as a climate solution, the question of what constitutes sustainable forest products continues to be raised. While there are programs that outline sustainable practices and supply chains like SFI, FSC, and PEFC, this discussion will be focused on the professionals who are educated in the scientific fundamentals of sustainable forest management to ensure multiple values (wildlife, water quality, soil stability, and forest health) are considered in management planning for public, private, and industrial lands.

Terry Baker
Society of American Foresters
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Using Mill Data to Provide U.S. Wood Sourcing Sustainability Assurances

As mass timber and other wood products are increasingly promoted as a sustainable, low-carbon building material, there is a natural concern about the impacts of wood use on forests. Many are asking the question “how can I tell if wood is sustainably-sourced?”

To answer this question, the American Wood Council (AWC) has developed an online wood sourcing website based on the ASTM D6712 Fiber Sourcing standard. Using AWC member company mill data, the site presents regional statistics for the three categories of sustainability assurances: 1) Non-controversial (legal), 2) Responsible, and 3) Certified. The site presents North American forestry facts, resources, and data which support the notion that wood products sourced in the U.S are sustainable and do not cause deforestation.

In this presentation, we’ll dive into the different wood sourcing categories and explain the mill-level assurances that A&E professionals can look to for assurance of sustainability of the products they specify.

Rachael Jamison
VP, Markets & Sustainability
American Wood Council
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Managing Forests for Climate, Wood Products, and Biodiversity

In 2021 the International Panel on Climate Change issued a dire warning to humanity: there is so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that humans now need to rapidly decarbonize the economy and remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

There is currently only one ‘carbon capture’ technology that is mature, globally abundant, and 100% renewable: photosynthesis.

Earth’s most powerful photosynthesis factories are forests. Many believe forests are a key component to the global carbon dioxide removal strategy. However, there are important questions about how to best manage forests for climate mitigation. Can we manage forests for carbon, biodiversity, wood products, and other important forest resources? What is the future of forests in a changing climate? This presentation will focus on explaining how carbon flows through forests and wood products and provide examples of how forest management could support climate mitigation and other forest services.

Sara Kuebbing
Director of Research, Yale Applied Science Synthesis Program
Yale Univerisity
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