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Building Sustainably: From Forestland Management to Carbon-Positive, Healthy Buildings

October 20, 2020 – 9:00 am - 12:30 pm




Join us at 9 AM PDT

Explore the carbon benefits of timber from our forests to wood buildings. In addition to their renewability, wood products require less embodied energy to manufacture than other structural building materials. Trees also absorb carbon and wood products continue to sequester that carbon for the lifetime of the building, longer if the wood is recycled or reused at the end of the building’s life. With taller mass timber buildings, some whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies highlight the potential for carbon-positive buildings, meaning that the building actually stores more carbon than was used to construct it, provided the timber was sourced from sustainably managed forests.

This online workshop starts with an in-depth look at sustainable forest management and certification in North America. It will then explore the environmental benefits of wood structures in the context of a whole building LCA and address some of the myths and misconceptions about carbon storage in our forests and buildings. A closing panel will talk about the increasing demand for healthy buildings and how wood contributes to biophilic design principles. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) will also share insights on wood’s contribution to growing trends in sustainable development, such as reduced embodied energy, and greater circularity.



Mark Bartlett, PE, WoodWorks

Mark received his BS in Civil Engineering with a specialty in structures from Lehigh University, and has worked as an engineer in many capacities. He spent 11 years as a practicing structural engineer, 8 years as a field engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie and 6 years in business development for a structural engineering firm. His primary experience includes structural calculations, design, construction document preparation, construction administration for new and existing commercial buildings, and post-installed anchorage to concrete. His structural engineering project experience includes residential, retail, hospitality, education, aviation, churches, and movie theaters. Mark is a licensed Engineer in TX and OK.

Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners

Executive Director of Dovetail Partners, Inc., Katie is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor.

Lauren Cooper, Michigan State University

Lauren Cooper directs the Michigan State University Forestry Department Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) and has experience in forest carbon project development and wood utilization linkages to sustainability. Her expertise is in policy implementation, impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, knowledge transfer, and forestry. She is currently leading a forest carbon modeling project across five US states to inform forest planning and management with climate benefits. She has field experience in the Lake States region of the US and across Latin America, previously worked at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, and US Forest Service International Programs.

Brian Brashaw, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Brian is Program Manager for the Forest Products Marketing Unit (FPMU) at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin. FPMU works collaboratively and strategically with FPL researchers, wood innovation specialists, and external partners to advance high‐value, high‐volume markets for woody biomass. FPMU focuses on utilization and marketing opportunities for products and residues from forest timber harvest and land restoration activities, hazardous fuels reduction, natural disaster recovery, and urban forestry. Utilization and marketing emphasis areas include lumber, engineered wood materials, mass timber, biochemicals and biofuels, and cellulosic nanomaterials. Brian earned a BS in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, an MS in Wood Products from Washington State University, and a PhD in Forest Resources from Mississippi State University.

Dr. Indroneil Ganguly, University of Washington

Dr. Indroneil Ganguly is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products. He has developed life cycle environmental assessment (LCA) models for a broad range of innovative wood products and wood-based construction systems, including woody biomass-based bio-fuels, cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, and comparative LCAs of traditional vs CLT buildings. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ganguly has undertaken research in India, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand, exploring trade and environmental policies. He also teaches environmental economics, forestry, and applied-biostatistics courses at the University of Washington.

Maureen Puettmann, PhD, WoodLife Environmental Consultants, LLC, CORRIM

Owner of Oregon-based WoodLife Environmental Consultants, Maureen has led over 50 life cycle assessments (LCAs) documenting the environmental profiles of forestry operations, wood product production processes, solid and liquid fuels, and biochar in North America. She is Director of Operations for the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM), and maintains a courtesy appointment with Oregon State University, where she periodically teaches classes on LCA and works with faculty on mass timber projects. She has collaborated with colleagues from more than 20 institutions in the US and internationally, including six months at Harvard Forest as a Bullard Fellow. She received her BS and MS in Wood Science from Oregon State University, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Forestry/Bio-materials.

Scott Barton-Smith, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Hacker Architects

A Senior Project Architect at Hacker, Scott has 28 years of experience crafting inspired architectural solutions tailored to each client’s vision. His career has focused on large, complex projects, including office and workplace, residential, and higher education. Scott is among Hacker’s most knowledgeable mass timber and CLT specialists, and a strong advocate for wood design and construction across the Pacific Northwest. His mass timber projects include the First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oregon (one of the largest CLT/glulam structures in the US), and CLT office buildings in design in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and New Reston, Virginia.

Janelle Leafblad, PE, WoodWorks

Janelle has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. Janelle is a licensed professional engineer in California.

Monika Henn, Urban Land Institute Greenprint

Monika is a manager at the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Monika has extensive experience in sustainability data collection, creating awareness around real estate sustainability best practices, and city engagement strategies. Monika is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a BS in Biology from The University of Virginia and an MS in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University.


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM:  Welcome and Setting the Stage for a Sustainable Future with Timber Construction – Heather Strong & Mark Bartlett, WoodWorks

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM:

  • Sustainable Forestry: Renewable Materials Storing Carbon – Katie Fernholz
  • Forestry Certifications: Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain-of-Custody – Lauren Cooper
  • Sustainable Forestry on Public Lands – Brian Brashaw
  • Panel Q&A

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Carbon Storage in Forests and Wood Buildings: Myths, Misconceptions or Reality? – Dr. Indroneil Ganguly

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM:  Partner Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: 

  • LCAs & Wood: Environmental Impacts of Wood throughout its Life Cycle Maureen Puettmann
  • A Designer’s Approach to WBLCA and Mass Timber Benefits Scott Barton-Smith
  • Panel Q&A

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM:

  • Wood’s Contributions to Biophilic Design – Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks
  • Sustainability Trends in Real Estate – Monika Henn

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Panel Discussion (all speakers) and Q&A


Attendees will qualify for 3.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.0 PDH credits or 0.30 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Mary Schramka, Event Manager


Ph: 708-204-9578


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20 October 2020
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Zoom Meeting
Online, United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.