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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

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

  • Senator Cantwell is the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where she was the Ranking Member in the 115th Congress.
  • She was one of the original cosponsors of Timber Innovation Act (S. 538).
  • She is a long-time support of woody biomass and an advocate for language to consider it carbon neutral.
  • Coming from Washington, Senator Cantwell understands the importance of expanding markets for mass timber.

Wood Products Industry in Washington

  • Employment from wood products manufacturing, forestry and logging: 21,332
  • Manufacturing facilities: 67
  • Annual Payroll Income: $1,235,417,000

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

  • Senator Isakson is the senior senator from the heavily forested state of Georgia, with over 24 million acres of timberland. He is a member of the Senate Working Forest Caucus.
  • He was a cosponsor of the Timber Innovation Act (S. 538).
  • He has been a strong, long-time support of the wood products industry, consistently cosponsoring legislation to expand markets.
  • Senator Isakson is also a strong supporter of woody biomass. He has continuously supported the recognition of biomass as carbon neutral.

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

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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