The Pacific Northwest Section of the Forest Products Society invites you to the Forest Products Society’s 65th International Convention on June 19-21, 2011 in Portland, Oregon.

The International Convention is the premier event for professionals in the forest products field. Convened annually by the Forest Products Society, the International Convention brings together hundreds of scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and others from academia, government, non-profit, and private industry sectors to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field.

Attended by Forest Products Society members and non-members, the annual International Convention is the perfect venue to build new professional connections with top researchers from around the world and reconnect with colleagues and friends in the field. With over 170 technical presentations and 120 scientific posters, the International Convention is the place to learn about the latest developments in forest products research and application.

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CONVENTION THEME: Sustainable Development and the Role of the Forest Products Industry

Sustainable development is a global response of developed countries to the negative impact which the very advancement of our societies has had on our planet’s perceived long-term suitability for human habitation. A strong case has been made to reduce the construction sector’s contributions to this phenomenon, the sector having been identified as a significant energy and materials consumer and a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, by reducing the impact of buildings on global warming, an environmental metric identified as being a key detrimental element in the process.

An increase to the sustainability of our built environment is expected to result from such reductions, accompanied by a subsequent reduction on the apparent effect of buildings on the health of the planet. Various levels of government have targeted the sector as one that needs to improve its performance to meet “sustainable living” objectives. Green building rating programs have been developed in an effort to direct sustainable development efforts. The implications for the North American marketplace are such that green building rating programs touch nearly all building materials going into construction projects, including wood products. Add to this that consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious and demanding. The entire construction sector is under pressure to become more “green.”

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