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How to Identify—and Get Your Hands on—Climate-Smart Wood

With carbon footprint still a big question mark for mass timber, one group is offering procurement guidance while simultaneously pushing toward better data.

Whole careers have been built around the idea that mass timber buildings are inherently “climate smart” because wood products store carbon rather than emitting it.

But members of the Climate Smart Wood Group, a coalition formed in 2019 that includes representatives of the Carbon Leadership Forum and the Forest Stewardship Council, say that view oversimplifies things because it doesn’t take the carbon impacts of different forestry practices into account (see Wood: What’s Good?).

Published January 9, 2023

Melton, P. (2022, December 21). How to Identify—and Get Your Hands on—Climate-Smart Wood. Retrieved from