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Biomass Carbon Neutrality

Wood products manufacturers use biomass from manufacturing and sustainable forestry operations to produce energy, providing significant carbon​-reducing benefits to the environment. In fact, on average, 78 percent of the energy from AWC member facilities is generated from carbon-neutral biomass.

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Energy Efficiency

Any energy code should be technology and product neutral, should not pick winners and losers, and should be a decision made by state and local authorities. 

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Green Building Policy

AWC and its members are committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings by encouraging energy-efficient, environmentally responsible choices in the design and building process.

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Wood Products Industry State Fact Sheets

Click here for more information about the industry's economic impact in specific states.

EPA Air Regulations

AWC and its members are working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the administration, Congress, states and other stakeholders to achieve reasonable regulations that protect the environment and business.

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AWC Friends of Wood Products

Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)

  • Representative Sanford Bishop is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations. He is the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. He is also co-chair of the House Working Forest Caucus.
  • Representative Bishop is a cosponsor of the Timber Innovation Act (HR 1380).
  • He is a strong supporter of revising Boiler MACT rules so that they are less burdensome on the wood products industry.
  • Representative Bishop was a strong supporter of allowing more U.S. forest products to be used in the LEED rating system.
  • He has been a long-time supporter of the wood products industry and strong advocate for the carbon neutrality of biomass.

Wood Products Industry in Georgia

  • Employment from wood products manufacturing, forestry and logging: 27,937
  • Manufacturing facilities: 46
  • Annual Payroll Income: $1,276,074,000

Senator Jim Risch

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)

  • Senator Jim Risch is the only member of the Senate with a degree in Forestry and sits on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is also a co-chair and co-founder of the Senate Working Forest Caucus.
  • He was one of the original cosponsors of Timber Innovation Act (S. 538). His leadership on the Timber Innovation Act was instrumental on its inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • He is a strong advocate for the carbon neutrality of biomass and has cosponsored pro-biomass legislation in the past.
  • Coming from Idaho, Senator Risch understands the importance of the wood products industry and expanding markets for it.

Wood Products Industry in Idaho

  • Employment from wood products manufacturing, forestry and logging: 9,392
  • Manufacturing facilities: 23
  • Annual Payroll Income: $423,516,000

The concept of resilience — the ability to withstand and recover — is not new. For the built environment, techniques to improve resilience have evolved over time and vary based on factors such as natural or man-made types of hazards, building occupancy, building importance, building location, and whether construction is new or existing.

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Wood Dust

In the wood products industry, wood dust is regulated for both its potential combustibility as well as for exposures that could affect human health risk.

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PAC Prior Approval

“The Federal Election Commission (FEC) requires the AWC political action committee (AWC WOODPAC) to obtain written approval from members before it may solicit and accept contributions from you or employees of your company. “Prior Approval” forms may be signed by anyone who has been granted executive decision making authority by the company. This includes the company’s chief executive or the owner/principal, but may also include those designated to represent the company. Granting prior approval does not obligate the company or its employees to support the PAC – it simply gives us permission to communicate in much greater detail about the PAC to certain employees (a member’s owners/principals, managers, professional personnel, and other salaried, exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act).”

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