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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. 

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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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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

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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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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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Fast Facts | Mass Timber

What is mass timber? It's a building material that's as strong as steel, lighter than concrete, fire resistant, and carbon friendly.

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 carbonreduce waste, and protect wildlife.  

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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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Fast Facts | Trees + Transportation

How many trees do you need to offset your commute? Roughly one tree for every 2 gallons of gas.

Sustainable forests, and the renewable products from them, are helping us rethink our carbon future.

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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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Fast Facts | Safer Driving

Studies show that trees along streets lead to safer driving. Just another way trees are helping us to reimagine our communities for the better.

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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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Fast Facts | Forests + Water

Learn how forests help keep our water clean and impact your daily life.

More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest. By making choices that keep our forests as forests, we are keeping our water clean. Learn how forests help keep our water clean and impact your daily life.

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Living with Fire

In today’s environment of frequent fires and limited public funds, solutions are forged at the collaborative table. Living with fire means learning to work together both as a collaborative and as a community.

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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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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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