Weekly Reads | Feb. 3, 2020

Mass Timber Is a Climate Solution

  • Researchers from MIT published a report on the economic and emissions benefits of wood construction, finding that lumber production is significantly less CO2 intensive than concrete and iron and steel. Read more →
     
  • A recent article in Fast Company also highlights the carbon benefits of mass timber, citing that new wood buildings could store up to 700 million tons of carbon a year. Read more →
     
  • The Hill recently highlighted the carbon benefits of mass timber in its “Changing America” editorial page, a site focused on “the country’s most important issues to generate positive change.” Read more →
     
  • Wired also discusses the benefits of mass timber compared to materials like concrete and steel. Read more →
     
  • Popular Mechanics focuses on mass timber’s ability to “bring millions of pounds of carbon absorption to cities around the world.” Read more →
     
  • Mass timber manufacturer Structurelam is expanding its operations and is looking to expand its sales footprint “in places like Denver and Tennessee, Georgia and California.”  Read more →

More on Sustainability 

  • H&M is making a dress using wood and recycled jeans. Read more →
  • Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about paper packaging when you shop online. Read more →
     
  • Woody biomass can help to cut emissions, according to an oped from Dr. Puneet Dwivedi from the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Read more →
     
  • A study by the Water Research Foundation funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities focuses on the environmental and cost benefits of including forestry in stormwater retention programs. Read more →

Election News

  • U.S. Rep. Doug Collins entered the race to challenge recently appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. And Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, also joined the race as a Democratic challenger. Read more →
     
  • State Senator John Wilkinson (R-Toccoa) announced that he will run for the 9th District seat in U.S. House, currently held by U.S. Rep. Collins. Read more →
     
  • Joe Campbell, chairman of the Mitchell County Republican Party, won the special election for House District 171, a seat that was previously held by Rep. Jay Powell, who passed away in November. Read more →

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 5, 2020
    Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out
    Atlanta, GA
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  • Feb. 6, 2020
    2020 Timber Taxation Workshop
    Tifton, GA 
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  • Feb. 11, 2020
    Forestry Day at the Capitol 
    Atlanta, GA
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  • Feb. 23 – 25, 2020 
    SESAF Annual Meeting 
    Panama City, FL
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