INDIANAPOLIS – Approximately 250 wood products executives, forest service representatives, industry suppliers and educators participated in the “Dollars & Sense of Going Green” conference, Oct. 28-29, at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre.

The program, which earned kudos from the vast majority of attendees, was organized by the Department of Forestry at Purdue University and Wood & Wood Products.

Common attendee comments on the conference evaluation form included:

“Very good and very timely. It has to be one of the best conferences I have attended.”

“I felt this was a great source of information considering how confused the industry is about this.”

“Excellent resources and networking.”

This unique summit of the hardwood lumber and secondary wood products industries also had the cooperation of nearly 20 trade associations and government agencies. More than 25 presenters delved into topical green issues, anchored by the whys and wherefores of forest certification and certified wood chain of custody.

Much of the certification discussion focused on the programs of the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which frequently touched off lively debates among all delegates on the merits, cost and availability of certified forests and lumber.

The two-day program also included a workshop exploring the ramifications of the formaldehyde emissions rule adopted by the California Air Resources Board that begins phasing into effect on Jan. 1, 2009. In addition, representatives of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, Association of Retail Environments, Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn., Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn., National Wood Flooring Assn. and Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. outlined green programs their respective groups have recently initiated.

The conference was sponsored by Banks Hardwoods, Stiles Machinery, M. Böhlke Veneer and the Woodworking Education Resource Center.

More details will be published in the November and December issues of Wood & Wood Products and Custom Woodworking Business.

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