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Today’s Takeaway

With fires raging, the news is all about relief and solutions

Tree Frog Forestry News
September 6, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

Whistler Inukshuk

With fires raging, today’s news is all about relief and solutions. First up, the Victoria Times Colonist editorial board says we should waste no time in learning from BC’s summer of devastation “but will the province fall as short as it did in years past”. Oregon lawmakers are requesting that emergency funding for wildfires be included in the Harvey relief bill, and Oregon’s governor says that “forest management policies are not responsive to the dangerous conditions“.  

A few of the more alarming headlines include:

In other news, Södra is investing in a new CLT facility and green building blogger Jerry Yudelson questions LEED on “the carbon-reduction effectiveness of green buildings“.

Finally, starting tomorrow, BC Wood is hosting 380 international buyers from 18 countries at its Global Buyers Mission at Whistler, BC.  With over 800 participants, Canada’s largest value-added wood products show is again sold out, but the Frogs will be there reporting live from the trade show floor.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

BC NDP announce the end of the grizzly bear trophy hunt in 2018

By Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has announced that it will end grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the province as of November 30, 2017, when this year’s hunting season ends, and stop all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest. While the trophy hunt will end, hunting grizzlies for meat will be allowed to continue in the rest of the province; and this decision is not sitting well with BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. Natural Resources Minister Doug Donaldson said “It is time” to end the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. About 250 grizzlies are killed annually by hunters in B.C., a number Donaldson said is “sustainable” for the population, which is estimated at 15,000 bears.

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Editorial: Reduce damage from wildfires

By the Editorial Board
Victoria Times Colonist
September 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s worst recorded wildfire season is still burning, but we should waste no time in learning from this summer of devastation. We have been here before, staring across a landscape of ash and promising to do better next time. Will those promises be kept, or will the province fall as short as it did in years past?  …The government did take steps, creating the strategic wildfire prevention initiative, which gives communities money to clear out a lot of that fuel where it comes close to their boundaries. However, it has shelled out only $78 million to treat just seven per cent of the land that has been identified as high-risk, a small proportion of what was spent fighting fires. …However, as Lori Daniels, an associate professor of forest and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia, says, the province has spent billions preparing for a major earthquake that will happen at some point, but relatively little preparing for fires that happen every summer.

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Job seekers and students: Campbell River Forestry Employment Expo

Campbell River Mirror
September 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interested in a career in forestry? Mark your calendar for Sept. 29, when Campbell River will host its first Forestry Employment Expo. Sept. 24 to 30 is National Forestry Week, and the North Island Employment Foundations Society and the City of Campbell River Forestry Task Force are joining forces to highlight forestry careers and the many benefits of the industry at a Forestry Employment Expo Sept. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Exhibitors include participants from logging contractors; natural resource consulting; value-added businesses and training institutions. Job seekers, students and community members are all welcome to attend.

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A millennial with a passion for logging

By Emily Hoard
The News-Review
September 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the goal in mind to one day own his own logging company, 25-year-old Zackary Sheets operates a computer-automated processor, picking up a log, stripping it of its bark, cutting it to length and stacking it all while sitting inside the machine. Sheets was working on a logging site in Canyonville this summer for Gold Hill-based Estremado Logging. He lives in Glendale during the week, then commutes to his house in Albany for the weekends. Though Sheets said logging companies have been struggling to recruit young people to work in the woods, he’s passionate about what he does. “That’s the path I’ve chosen. I saw where everybody was running and I ran the other way, which is modern forestry technology,” Sheets said.

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With timber sales, revenue and recreation can collide

By Noah Haglund
Everett Herald
September 3, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mark Arneson, DNR district manager

ARLINGTON — A hillside overlooking the Stillaguamish Valley sprouts with young Douglas firs and western red cedar, eight years after being logged. Much of the forest on Stimson Hill was cut down in 2009 following a state Department of Natural Resources timber auction. The next year, crews replanted the area. The trees growing there now, state officials say, show how it’s possible to raise money from logging, while safeguarding habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation. “We can’t do things today that are going to cause problems for the future,” said Mark Arneson, a DNR district manager. “We can’t do short-sighted management. We spend a lot of money and time trying to do the right thing out here.” In ever-more-populous Snohomish County, plans to cut down public and private forests have put renewed scrutiny on logging.

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Conservation groups sue over Swan Valley logging project

Daily Inter Lake
September 3, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Four conservation groups — Friends of the Wild Swan, Swan View Coalition, Native Ecosystems Council, and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies — filed suit in federal District Court in Missoula Thursday challenging the Beaver Creek Timber Sale on the eastern shore of Lindbergh Lake in the Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest. …Kelly said, “The Beaver Creek project is in Management Situation 1 grizzly bear habitat — which is the best grizzly bear habitat.” According to the lawsuit, the Flathead Forest Plan legally requires the Forest Service to prioritize the needs of grizzly bears in Management Situation 1 habitats when grizzly habitat and other land use values compete. “The Forest Service is doing the opposite. They are favoring a timber project that will cost taxpayers nearly a million dollars over the legal requirement to protect habitat for grizzly bears,” Kelly said.

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Oregon lawmakers seek wildfire funding in Harvey relief bill

KTVZ.COM
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – All five of Oregon’s House members — Reps. Peter DeFazio , Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Greg Walden (OR-02), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) — sent a letter to House leaders Tuesday requesting that emergency funding for wildland fire suppression be included in the Hurricane Harvey emergency supplemental appropriations bill the House will take up later this week. The Forest Service is expected to exhaust its funding for wildfire suppression within days. Dangerous wildfires have forced thousands of Oregonians to evacuate their homes and businesses and degraded air quality has caused serious health issues across Oregon.

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Fire Conditions Prompt Weyerhaeuser to Close Lands in Western Montana

Flathead Beacon
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Company announced Tuesday that it is prohibiting public access on its lands in Western Montana due to the extreme fire danger. The closure is effective immediately in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties and will remain in effect until further notice, the company said. The limited forest access will impact hunters seeking to go afield on the vast swath of Weyerhaeuser lands across the region. Big game archery season began last weekend. …Fires continue to rage across the region and Flathead County decided Tuesday to declare a state of emergency.

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State needs forest management solutions that protect Oregonians

By Rep. Sherrie Sprenger – Linn and Marion counties
Statesman Journal
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Sherrie Sprenger

With over 353,000 acres burning across Oregon, it’s time for our leaders to take action and support reforms to our broken system of federal forest management.  The Chetco Bar Fire, burning over 177,000 acres alone, and the 10,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge are among the nation’s highest firefighting priorities as thousands of Oregonians face evacuation and thousands more suffer from toxic wildfire smoke.  There’s little doubt our state’s top elected officials are working to ensure our firefighters have the resources they need. Yet few of our leaders are talking about how we got to this point, and how we can help prevent such large and severe fires in the future. Today’s forest management policies are not responsive to the dangerous conditions on the ground where unnaturally overgrown and insect-infested stands are providing fuel for today’s mega-fires.  

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White pine passion continues for north woods lumber family

By Greg Vandegrif
KARE11.com
September 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – If you listened closely to the woods north of Grand Rapids this summer, you could hear modern-day lumberjacks trimming white pines; if you captured a glimpse through the thick growth, you might be surprised to learn they were all teenagers. Armed with pole saws and tree pruners on this early August day, eight teens focused their attention on young white pines, which hold the promise to become future giants. Full-grown white pines with their unique uneven branches are the north wood’s tallest tree. The team was led by Ethan Rajala, grandson of legendary lumberman, Jack Rajala. “Grandpa Jack, he infused a real desire to treat these trees in a beautiful way,” Ethan notes. …While Ethan and the team of teens are preserving that pruning tradition, they are also helping manage Jack’s enormous success by seeking the best trees.

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Beetles Threatening Alabama Timber

By Alex AuBuchon & Allison Mollenkamp
Alabama Public Radio
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Alabama’s eleven billion dollar timber industry could be at risk due to a very small bug. Southern Pine Beetle populations have reached epidemic levels in Montgomery County. The beetles are also found in the Oakmulgee district of the Talladega National Forest and an area including Marengo, Clarke, and Choctaw counties. Southern Pine Beetles are a native species that damage pine trees. Their population tends to swell every ten to fifteen years, but this year the beetles have an extra advantage as trees have been weakened by last year’s drought. A warmer than average winter also allowed more of the beetles to survive.

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Bright Future for Sustainable Forestry in NZ

By The New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Scoop Independent News
September 6, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Charles, Prince of Wales

A young New Zealander Alfred Duval has been launched onto the world stage. Celebrated for his outstanding achievements as an emerging leader in sustainable forestry. Duval was awarded the inaugural Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in Rotorua on Tuesday 5th September at the NZ Institute of Forestry’s annual awards ceremony. The new prize was set up earlier this year, to reward and encourage a young New Zealand forestry professional working in the vital area of sustainable forest management. Similar initiatives have been established in Australia and Canada. Championed by The Prince of Wales, the award marks a new dawn for the forestry industry, in New Zealand and around the globe.

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The battle for Poland’s Bialowieza Forest gathers pace, despite government intransigence

By Jacek Dobrowolski
Equal Times
September 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As chainsaws ring out in an ancient Polish forest in defiance of international pressure, anti-logging activists are using on- and off-line means to fight back. However, authorities are standing behind the tens of thousands of foresters, who call the protesters “eco-terrorists”. It’s yet another example of the populist, nationalist, anti-environmental policies of the government led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party, and yet another showdown with the European Union. Home to thousands of plant and animal species, Bialowieza is the last natural lowland forest in Europe and a UNESCO Heritage Site.

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Forest Fires

Ashcroft firefighters battled blaze near Highway 24

By Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As of the time of writing on September 4, the Elephant Hill wildfire has increased to 192,725 hectares and is still only 50 per cent contained, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The western and southern containment lines are not being challenged at this time. The current fire activity is located mostly in the north and eastern portions of the fire zone. On August 29, the BC Fire Commissioner’s Office put out a call for structural protection crews from around the province to assist in fighting fires in that area, and the Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department sent an engine with four crew aboard to help. They joined equipment and firefighters from more than 20 municipalities around the province that have sent resources before returning home on September 3.

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Trudeau on top of fire situation

By Ron Seymour
The Daily Courier
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unsure of protocol, Kelowna fire Chief Travis Whiting hesitated Tuesday before asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a picture after showing him the local emergency operations centre. Whiting needn’t have wondered about the appropriateness of the request. “The prime minister said, ‘Sure, no problem.’ Then he grabbed my phone, pressed a few buttons and started making a video. He knew my phone better than I do,” Whiting said later. After asking the names of Whiting’s three kids, Trudeau looked to the camera and thanked Ethan, Jacob and Calum for putting up with the long hours logged this summer by their “amazing dad” and other firefighters. “It was pretty special,” Whiting said. “I think my kids will be really excited to see that video.”

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Wildfires near Nordegg decrease in size, Crescent Falls area fire remains out of control

BC Local News
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfires burning near Nordegg have significantly decreased in size, but trails remain closed. An updated release from the Rocky Forest Area on Tuesday, said the total size of the four fires is now 1,184.1 hectares. That’s down significantly from the Sept. 1 report that said 1,910 hectares were burning. The decrease in size is attributed to more detailed mapping. A 654 hectare fire is being held in the Coral Creek area, a 463 hectare fire is being held in the upper South Ram drainage, a 0.1 hectare fire is under control north of Nordegg and a 67 hectare fire is out of control near Crescent Falls. Trails remain closed in the Coral Creek valley, White Rabbit Trail/Hummingbird and in the area adjacent to Crescent Falls. They are all closed tot he public to provide locations for firefighting operations.

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Hot, dry forecast means no change expected in Pelican Narrows forest fires: gov’t

By Jason Warick
CBC News
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial fire ban will remain in place as hot, dry weather creates high fire risk conditions in most of the province, government officials say. “The threat level is very, very high. It will remain that way for the foreseeable future,” emergency management commissioner Duane McKay told reporters Tuesday afternoon. The main area of concern is the northeast community of Pelican Narrows, where at least 2,500 people have been forced from their homes. There are no immediate plans for them to return, as the area has no rain in the forecast until at least Sunday. The three fires sending smoke into Pelican Narrows went largely unchanged over the past week.

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Crews now attacking fire

By Chantelle Deacon
Castanet
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Wildfire Service has now dedicated resources to the growing Diamond Creek wildfire, burning between Cathedral and Manning provincial parks. The human caused wildfire started on July 23 in Washington State, crossing over the Canadian border about a week ago, burning an estimated 4,814 hectares of B.C. terrain. The fire has seen little growth since Monday, growing just 390 hectares overnight. There are now two firefighters onsite, nine pieces of heavy equipment and two helicopters fighting the blaze. …The B.C. Wildfire Service is currently flying over the area twice a day to map the fire and develop a strategy for if it threatens values such as structures, timber and resources. The fire has scorched a total of just under 35,000 hectares of forest across B.C. and Washington State.

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Provincial and federal officials meet to discuss joint response to B.C. wildfire situation

CBC News
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Federal and provincial ministers are meeting Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver to discuss a joint response as a summer of wildfires continues with no end yet in sight. Despite rain forecast for the end of the week, Kevin Skepnek with the B.C. Wildfire service says it’s not likely to have a significant impact. “We’re going to emphasize though. They [rain showers] are going to be scattered, isolated. And in some cases they will likely come with lightning  and could have some gusty wind around them,” he said.

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Road closures and restricted areas in the Southeast Fire Centre

The Nelson Daily
September 4, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Duncan-Glacier Creek Forest Service Road located north of Lardeau is part of a number of road closures and area restrictions that are in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. The road, as well as others in the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District, have been closed for fire suppression activities further to the current backcountry closure. …These are full road closures, meaning that no person, at any time, or for any reason, can use these roadways. These closures take precedence over any other previously released restrictions.

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Wildfires raging in the Kootenays

By Amy Judd
Global News
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The hot, dry and windy conditions are causing wildfires in the Kootenays region to flare up and are proving a difficult fight for firefighters. Some of the wildfires are in a difficult location, therefore the wildfire service says it is taking a modified response approach to fighting them. They are being monitored only or limited sections of the fires are being responded to when it is safe and effective for crews to do so. Here is a look at the some of the wildfires burning in the Kootenays: Kenow Mountain wildfire- This wildfire is located about six kilometres north of the U.S. border, 71 kilometres southeast of Baynes Lake. It has now crossed the border into Alberta. It is estimated to be 4,420 hectares and was caused by lightning.

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Western Montana wildfires cause evacuations in Kootenai National Forest

By Tim Kearny
KREM.com
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash — Montana wildfires are burning across the state and causing hardships for many of the people in their areas, here is the latest information for western Montana wildfires. —The Caribou fire is in Kootenai National Forest near the Idaho-Canada border, about 18 miles northwest of Eureka, Mont. It is burning 17,089 acres as of September 5, and is 10% contained, according to inciweb.com. There is a full evacuation order in effect for West Kootenai, north of Tooley Lake, said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. It was started on August 11 by a lightning strike. The strategy with this fire is half containment and half suppression, with incident commanders Shawn Pearson and Bob Habeck in charge. There are 175 total personnel battling this blaze, according to inciweb.

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East Crater fire forces Pacific Crest Trail closure in Washington

By Taylor Viydo
KGW.com
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

GIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. — A new wildfire had burned at least 1,000 acres in Southwest Washington as of Monday night. The East Crater fire was reported on Sunday in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, about 12 miles west of the Trout Lake community. The fire was burning in a remote area and wasn’t threatening any homes or structures. The blaze did, however, force the Forest Service to close a roughly 10 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail that went through the area. Campgrounds within the Indian Heaven Wilderness area were also evacuated and shut down. Forest Service leaders weren’t immediately sure as to how many campers and hikers were affected.

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Eagle Creek fire grows, spreads to Washington; officials say fire a ‘high priority’ in the nation

By Noelle Crombie
The Oregonian
September 6, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

TROUTDALE — Strong winds pushed the Eagle Creek wildfire 12 miles westward through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and toward Portland suburbs Tuesday, prompting evacuations, coating the region in an ashy film and producing dramatic images of the premier outdoor attraction ravaged by flames. …The fire started Saturday along the Eagle Creek Trail in the gorge and is now burning across more than 10,000 acres, an event described by officials as unprecedented in the reach of ash floating down onto cars, sidewalks and homes in pockets across the metro area. Mandatory evacuations affected hundreds of homes clustered in small communities throughout in the gorge. Others were on alert to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

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Strengthening the line: Efforts underway to protect homes from fire

By Andy Matarrese
Daily Record
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Ellensburg, WA — The Jolly Mountain Fire grew by about 2,000 acres Monday night as firefighters worked to build firebreaks around the Roslyn and other areas Monday, as the city, other local government staff and much of the Upper County continued readying for whatever turn the 22,427 acres Jolly Mountain Fire next takes. … The Nature Conservancy has about 9,600 acres of land in the area, along Cle Elum Ridge and around Lake Cle Elum, but it has no information on how much has been affected, said Darcy Batura, Central Cascades community coordinator for the organization. 

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Chetco Bar Fire at 176000 acres; scammers make fake notices to clear way for looting

By Zach Urness
Statesman Journal
September 5, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s largest wildfire continued to grow Tuesday, fueled by boiling temperatures and strong winds, officials said. …In the midst of the confusion, officials said scammers were attempting to take advantage of the situation by scaring people out of their homes.  “We’ve received reports of someone identifying themselves as the ‘Fire Marshal’ and telling people they need to immediately evacuate,” Illinois Valley Fire District Chief Dennis Hoke said in a Facebook post. “This is a scam for possible looting.” 

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Company & Business News

EACOM Installs Continuous Dry Kiln at Timmins

By EACOM Timber Corporation
Canada Newswire
September 6, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

EACOM Timber Corporation is proud to announce that it has successfully completed the installation of a Continuous Dry Kiln at its Timmins sawmill. This new system is designed to accelerate the wood drying process by continuously cycling lumber through the kiln with significant energy efficiency gains. The annual capacity of the sawmill will increase to 160 million board feet because of this technological upgrade. “EACOM has been consistent in its strategy of growth and continuous improvement. This investment demonstrates our commitment to the Timmins sawmill,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM.

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Södra to invest in new CLT facility

Timber Trade Journal
September 5, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

Södra is investing in a small facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) production adjacent to its sawmill at Värö. The plans include a future investment in a larger facility. “Södra is focused on increasing the use of sustainable timber construction and wants to take part, and to stake out a position, in this growing market,” said Jörgen Lindquist, president of Södra’s wood business division. “Production is scheduled to commence in early 2019. The facility will have an annual capacity of about 5,000m³ per shift,” he added.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

How Important Are LEED Buildings In Reducing US Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

By Jerry Yudelson
Reinventing Green Building Blog
September 5, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

I’ve was intrigued by last week’s USGBC tweet referencing the impact of LEED buildings on US greenhouse gas reductions…. Rob is widely know as the “father of LEED” and is a very smart guy, but he’s also a very strong LEED partisan. His 2011 report, based on 2010 data, projected more than a five-fold increase from 2011 to 2020 in the impact of LEED buildings on reducing US greenhouse gas emissions. (The analysis was detailed and careful, but still made many wild assumptions based on limited data to reach its conclusions.) …So adding up the two totals, we get a projected 0.31% reduction in US greenhouse gas reductions from LEED buildings by 2020, about one-sixth the projected amount!

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