Reimagining Our Cities
Cities, Forest Products, Innovation, Mass Timber

Cities have a climate problem

Thankfully, they have an ace up their sleeve: Forests.

 

Today, more than 50 percent of the world lives in a city. By 2050, that number is expected to climb to 70 percent.

As our cities continue to grow, so do the challenges they face: increased pollution and waste; increased demands on ageing infrastructure; a growing need for affordable housing; a widening socio-economic gap; and a changing climate that sees the costs for clean air, water, and more continue to rise.

Cities have long been labs for innovation. So, while these challenges continue to stack and increase in complexity, they also represent one of the most compelling opportunities in a generation to reimagine the way society lives, works, and plays --moving our cities from climate problems, to climate solutions.

And thankfully, cities have an ace up their sleeve: forests.

Forests Have Solutions.

Built and run on solar energy, forests are home to the most technologically-advanced material and processes we have. They provide building materials, innovative compounds and components, essential products, renewable energy, and air and water filtration all in one convenient package.

As such, forests represent the most effective, scalable, and sustainable ‘technology’ we can employ as we rise to meet the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing population. Working in partnership with other renewables, bioenergy is helping us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Wood skyscrapers made from mass timber are reducing the use of carbon intensive materials in our buildings. And wood and fiber based packaging is increasingly replacing the use of plastics and other non-renewable materials in the products we rely on every day.

Forests hold solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. For our cities, that means cleaner air and water, less waste, fewer emissions, and a new skyline built from natural materials.

 

Michael Green: Architect of the Future.

Recognizing the opportunity [read: impending need] for these solutions in our cities, Michael Green is pushing the limits of sustainable architecture using mass timber to create beautiful, affordable, resilient, climate-positive buildings optimized for storing carbon. This is a climate game-changer for cities.

As one of the earliest and most prominent champions of mass timber architecture and forest solutions, Michael Green is working with some of the world’s most iconic brands, tech companies, and construction disruptors to bring these solutions to cities around the globe.

One building at a time, he’s working to reimagine our cities for the future.

Forests: Reimagining Our Cities.

The challenges presented by rapidly urbanizing populations are just a fraction of the increasingly complex challenges we face as a society. And mass timber is just one of those solutions. Like climate change, there is no silver-bullet -- however, there are few tools more powerful or better positioned to be implemented at scale than those solutions found in our forests.

If we embrace a bioeconomy that prioritizes natural, renewable, and sustainable alternatives for everything from the essential products we use day to day to how we power our lives, we have the potential to not only reimagine our cities, but rethink our climate future and build a lasting connection between society and the importance of taking care of our greatest natural resource: our forests.

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Mass Timber

KATERRA

In 2019, Katerra opened one of the largest mass timber manufacturing facilities in North America. See how Katerra - using a technology first approach - is not only building the future with mass timber, but is showcasing how forests can help us reimagine our cities for the better.

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GUARDIANS | Michael Green

Building the skylines of the future

As our cities continue to grow, so do the challenges they face: increased pollution and waste; increased demands on aging infrastructure; a growing need for affordable housing; a widening socio-economic gap; and a changing climate that sees the costs for clean air, water, and more continue to rise.

Cities have long been labs for innovation. So, while these challenges continue to stack and increase in complexity, they also represent one of the most compelling opportunities in a generation to reimagine the way society lives, works, and plays --moving our cities from climate problems, to climate solutions.

And thankfully, cities have an ace up their sleeve: forests.

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Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

MASS TIMBER | Kyle Freres, Freres Lumber Co.

For more than 90 years, the Freres family has been a steward of Oregon’s forests.

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Mass Timber

KATERRA

Building the Future with Mass Timber

In 2019, Katerra opened one of the largest mass timber manufacturing facilities in North America.

The 270,000-square-foot-facility in Spokane Valley, WA manufactures cross-laminated timber (CLT), a fully renewable, pre-fabricated, engineered wood product with unique and often superior building, aesthetic, environmental, and cost benefits. Mass timber sequesters carbon and can be used in place of steel and concrete in buildings up to 18 stories tall.

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See how Katerra - using a technology first approach - is not only building the future with mass timber, but is showcasing how forests can help us reimagine our cities for the better.

See how KATERRA is #forestproud.

Michael Green, Architect
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GUARDIANS | Michael Green

Cities have long been labs for innovation. And thankfully, cities have an ace up their sleeve: forests. Meet Michael Green, pioneer and architect.

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Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

MASS TIMBER | Kyle Freres, Freres Lumber Co.

For more than 90 years, the Freres family has been a steward of Oregon’s forests. With responsibility for more than 17,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest, the family-owned Freres Lumber Company has long been a pioneer in sustainable forest management and manufacturing.

Today, Kyle and his family continue that tradition, blending technology and sustainability to create the building materials of the future: Mass Timber. The same sustainable and renewable wood engineered to replace steel and concrete on a scale not previously possible. #forestproud.

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Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

TedTalks | A Wooden Skyscraper?

“Wood is the material that I love most, and I’m going to tell you a story about wood.” Learn why architect Michael Green thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers in this Ted Talks video.

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Careers, Community, Forest Management

GUARDIANS | The Emmerson Family

Sierra Pacific Industries

Heroic strength. Unflappable bravery. A commitment to doing what’s right. Wearing a cape. This is what it takes to be a guardian.

Right?

The Emmerson family got started 70 years ago as a small sawmill operation in California. Today, their company Sierra Pacific Industries owns and manages over 2 million acres of forest across the West, employs 5,2000 people, and has donated over a million dollars a year for the last decade to community non-profit organizations and education scholarships.

Cape or no cape, the Emmerson family is showing the world that sustainable forest management means more than just planting trees. It’s about thinking beyond tomorrow and planning for the future. Not just the future of the land, but the future of these communities, and the future of the men and women who are the heartbeat of Sierra Pacific.

Swap spandex and super powers for guardianship spanning generations and you have true modern day guardians in the Emmerson Family and Sierra Pacific.

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The Crew

On its surface, forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. But, behind the machines and the new technology is a group of skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who make it all possible.

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Urban Forests

RECLAIMED | The Urban Wood Project

In Baltimore, MD there are more than 46,000 vacant or assumed-vacant homes. For years, the city has been tearing them down and disposing of the materials, leaving scars on the landscape, holes in communities, and condemning premium materials to rot in city landfills. 

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Humanim and Room & Board - among others - are working to change this dynamic. See how a simple quest to reclaim urban wood transformed into an opportunity to reduce waste, create jobs in underserved communities, and restore landscapes by replacing vacant lots with community parks and greenspaces that benefit everyone.  

See how The Urban Wood Project and urban forests are helping us reimagine our cities for a better future. #forestproud. 

Reconnecting People and Forests
Careers, Products

The Crew

On its surface, forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. But, behind the machines and the new technology is a group of skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who make it all possible.

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Mass Timber

GUARDIANS | Susan Jones

Heroic strength. Unflappable bravery. A commitment to doing what's right against impossible odds. Wearing a cape.
This is what it takes to be a Guardian. Right?

We'll be honest, designing buildings didn't initially make our shortlist. That is until we met Susan Jones.

In 2003, Susan Jones founded her own firm - atelierjones llc - with the idea of using natural materials and the latest technology to build beautiful spaces. Spaces that are anchored in sustainability. Spaces that serve a larger environmental purpose. Spaces that give back to nature as much - if not more - than they take.

Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, Susan Jones designed some of the first Mass Timber buildings in the U.S. - including her own home. Today, she and her team continue to pave the way for Mass Timber in North America by showing the world that there is no reason a building can't also be a climate change solution.

When you look at it like that, it's hard to see Susan Jones as anything but a Guardian.

#forestproud

Michael Green, Architect
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GUARDIANS | Michael Green

Cities have long been labs for innovation. And thankfully, cities have an ace up their sleeve: forests. Meet Michael Green, pioneer and architect.

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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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Biomass + Renewable Energy, Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products, Urban Forests

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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FORESTS: Reimagining Our Cities

 

By 2050, over 70% of us will live in cities.

As our cities grow, so do our challenges: pollution in our atmosphere, dependence on fossil fuels, unrecyclable waste, insufficient housing, and a growing disconnect with nature.

To meet these challenges, we must look beyond the glass, concrete and steel of today’s cities to the technologies of tomorrow.

And that starts with our forests.

Our forests are home to the most technologically-advanced material and processes we have. Built and run on solar energy, they lock away carbon and provide light, strong, renewable materials.

Already, mass timber construction helps us build faster and more efficiently, while keeping carbon locked away. Innovative wood and paper products – renewable, recyclable and biodegradable – help store carbon, reduce waste, and protect wildlife.

Biomass energy and biofuels provide renewable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Urban forests put trees to work for our cities, filtering air and water, connecting people with outdoor spaces, sheltering wildlife, and lowering urban temperatures.

These solutions are rooted in our forests and their sustainable management by stewards charged with restoring, protecting, and harnessing their benefits.

By valuing our forests today, by managing them and keeping them healthy, we ensure cleaner air and water, renewable energy and renewable products for the cities of tomorrow.

We all have important choices to make.
Choose renewable and recyclable products.
Choose renewable alternatives to fossil fuels.
Choose to be part of the solutions that are reshaping our carbon future.

Choose to help build the cities of tomorrow by keeping forests as forests today.

Choose to be #forestproud.

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Forest Management, Innovation

Houston We Have A Forest

In 2018, America’s space agency is going to send a laser into the galaxies to assess the world’s trees.

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TedTalks | A Wooden Skyscraper?

Architect and innovator Michael Green explains why he believes the future of cities is in wooden skyscrapers.

The age of timber has officially begun - or perhaps - began again. Wood isn’t new, of course and we've been building with wood since the dawn of cities. However, when the needs of society asked us to build up to allow more people to live in a smaller footprint, the rise of cities as we know them now began. There's a growing community of innovators who know it's time to reimagine cities for the future. To help us meet the needs of today and tomorrow, and help solve key challenges facing our cities today.

“Wood is the material that I love most, and I’m going to tell you a story about wood.” Learn why architect Michael Green, a Vancouver architect who recently finished T3, a seven-story building in Minneapolis that is currently among the tallest wooden structure in the US,  thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers in this Ted Talks video.

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Reimagining Our Cities
Biomass + Renewable Energy, Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products, Urban Forests

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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