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The Importance of Forests in Mitigating Climate Change

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is working with partners such as American Forests on important global issues such as climate change.

Forests and forest products capture almost 15% of our carbon emissions each year. Learn more about the importance of forests in mitigating climate change.

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When trees are turned into products, that carbon stays in those products and out of our atmosphere. By using forest products we are keeping forests as forests and helping fight climate change.

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Wooden skyscrapers could be the future for cities | The Economist

an ambitious and innovative solution to the problems posed by urbanisation.

By 2050 the world’s population is expected to soar to almost 10 billion people and two-thirds of us will live in cities. Space will be at a premium. High-rise offers a solution.

But concrete and steel – the materials we currently use to build high – have a large carbon footprint.

An answer might lie in a natural material we’ve used for millennia. Throughout history buildings have been made of wood. But it has one major drawback. It acts as kindling. Fire destroyed large swathes of some of the world’s great cities. But by the early twentieth century, the era of modern steelmaking had arrived. Steel was strong, could be moulded into any shape and used to reinforce concrete. It allowed architects to build higher than ever before. So why, after more than a century of concrete and steel, are some architects proposing a return to wood?

Concrete and steel are costly to produce and heavy to transport. Wood however can be grown sustainably and it’s lighter than concrete. And crucially, as trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air, locking it into the timber. Regular timber isn’t malleable like steel or concrete, and isn’t strong enough to build high. But engineers have come up with a solution.

It’s called cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short. CLT is light and it’s comparable in strength to concrete and steel. But how does it cope when burnt with a high heat source?

London architects Waugh Thistleton are already designing buildings with this new kind of timber. Andrew and his colleagues designed Britain’s first high-rise wooden apartment block and have recently completed the world’s largest timber-based building. Behind these bricks is a timber core, made from more than 2000 trees, sourced from sustainable forests.

And this London practice is not alone in advocating the use of CLT. Ambitious wooden high-rise buildings are also being constructed in Scandinavia, central Europe and North America. As yet, nobody has used CLT to build beyond 55 metres. But Michael Ramage’s research centre in Cambridge, working with another London practice, has proposed a concept design of a 300-metre tower, that could be built on top of one of London’s most iconic concrete structures – the Barbican.

Making that jump in height will be a difficult sell. The cost of building wooden skyscrapers is largely unknown, but those costs could be reduced by prefabricating large sections of buildings in factories. And city-dwellers will need to be persuaded that CLT does not burn like ordinary wood.

As an attractive, natural material, wood is already popular for use in low buildings. If planners approve, it could rise to new heights.

 

For more from Economist Films visit: http://econ.st/2GCbm7T

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The future of skyscrapers | Grist

How much CO2 would a skyscraper save if a skyscraper was made of wood? Wooden skyscrapers are already a thing in Europe and Canada. Now, they're becoming more popular in the U.S. How do they work and what do they mean for the future of cities?

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The future of skyscrapers | Grist

This explainer video from Grist takes a look at CLT and the future of wooden skyscrapers

How much CO2 would a skyscraper save if a skyscraper was made of wood?

Wooden skyscrapers are already a thing in Europe and Canada. Now, they're slowing becoming more popular in the U.S. How do they work and what do they mean for the future of cities?

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FORESTS: Reimagining Our Cities

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in a city.

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Top 5 Reasons to be #ForestProud

 

We have a lot to be proud of in this industry. Here are the top five reasons I’m #ForestProud:

Hampton Lumber employee Jacob Vail is #forestproud. Safety first!

#1 – Timber keeps the Pacific Northwest green - in more ways than one!  Roughly one-third of all forestland in Oregon and Washington is privately owned. The decision to keep these forests as forests decade after decade is thanks in no small part to the global market for sustainable wood products. Here in Oregon, roughly 92% of the land that was forested in the mid-19th century is still forested today despite significant population growth and increased demand for residential and agricultural development. Keeping these forests as forests is good for wildlife, water quality, and overall quality of life here in the Pacific Northwest.  The forest sector also just happens to be one of the oldest renewable industries in the region, helping society meet a variety of needs from housing and energy to paper and packaging in a sustainable way.

#2 – Timber helps combat climate change.  Our industry helps fight climate change in two main ways. First, we plant 3-4 trees for each one we harvest and as those trees grow, they draw CO2 out of the atmosphere. When those trees are harvested decades later and made into lumber, much of that carbon is stored and kept from re-entering the atmosphere. Secondly, new engineered wood products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), allow us to safely build high-rise buildings from wood, instead of iron, steel and concrete, products that account for some of the largest sources of industrial CO2 emissions in the U.S. Substituting renewable wood products for these traditional building materials means less harmful CO2 entering the atmosphere in the first place.

#3 – We grow local, make local, and build local. At a time when it seems we’re getting further and further removed from the production systems that support our lifestyles, timber is keeping it local. While much of our food travels hundreds even thousands of miles to fill grocery shelves and so much domestic manufacturing is being sent overseas, our forests are still here, supporting local wood manufacturing jobs that create the products that stock home stores and lumber yards throughout the region.  Walk into just about any home in the Pacific Northwest and you can be assured local forests framed it.

#4 – We’ve come a long way.  As modern descendants of one of the oldest industries in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve learned a lot and grown with the times and with the science and technology. Many timber and wood products companies, like Hampton, have been in business for generations. It is through continual learning, improvement, and adaptation that we have found resilience.

#5 – Timber helped make the Pacific Northwest what it is today and continues to influence its economy and its culture. You see it in the Portland Timbers soccer club, the lumberjack on your beer coaster, and at any one of the rural logging festivals that take place each summer. Timber is part of what makes the Pacific Northwest unique.

What makes you #ForestProud?  

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Growing Trees at Hill Nurseries

Every year, more than 1 billion trees are planted in the U.S. But who grows the baby trees?

All these millions of seedlings have to come from somewhere. Take a look behind the scenes - meet the people who grow and care for tiny baby trees at Hill Nurseries.

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Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop – A Starbucks and Sustana Partnership

The "Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop" partnership project is an innovative collaboration between Sustana and three other supply chain partners, working together to demonstrate that Starbucks cups could be recycled and turned into new cups.

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Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop – A Starbucks and Sustana Partnership

Aaaah the Starbucks coffee cup. An icon.  But what happens to the cup after you finish a caramel macchiato? Enter the Cup-to-Cup collaboration.

 

 

Learn more on the Sustana blog.

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Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows — that trees have a positive impact on human health.

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Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

Take care of the forest, and it will take care of you.

As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows — that trees have a positive impact on human health.

This research is increasing our collective understanding of how our health can be connected to the trees in our communities.

Click on over to the Southern Group of State Foresters' website for an interactive graphic - click on each of the icons to explore how urban forests can improve our physical and mental health and promote healing.

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Growing Trees at Hill Nurseries

A video showcasing the process of growing the trees at Hill Nurseries.

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