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

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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 Tina Smith (D-MN)

  • Senator Tina Smith is from the heavily forested state of Minnesota, with almost 16 million acres of timberland.
  • She is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. She is also part of the Senate Working Forest Caucus.
  • She was a cosponsor of the Timber Innovation Act (S.538).
  • Senator Smith quickly established herself as a strong ally of wood products.
  • Senator Smith is a supporter of expanding markets for wood products and woody biomass.

Wood Products Industry in Minnesota

  • Employment from wood products manufacturing, forestry and logging: 12,450
  • Manufacturing facilities: 14
  • Annual Payroll Income: $730,689,000

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith represents 19,176,000 acres of timberland in the state of Mississippi.
  • Senator Hyde-Smith is a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Energy and Natural Resources, and Appropriations. She is also a member of the Senate Working Forest Caucus.
  • Senator Hyde-Smith introduced the Forest Recovery Act, which creates a special rule for companies and individuals who lose uncut timber to natural disasters.
  • Senator Hyde-Smith supports expanding markets for wood products and woody biomass.

Wood Products Industry in Mississippi

  • Employment from wood products manufacturing, forestry and logging: 16,370
  • Manufacturing facilities: 27
  • Annual Payroll Income: $652,137,000

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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