Is Wood Construction Green? A Look at the Issues Video, 60 minutes

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In this on-demand webcast on the sustainability of wood construction, we tap the expertise of leaders in the field and look into three main issues:

  • The importance of certification
  • The complex issue of embodied carbon
  • Wood legality: a new LEED pilot credit


  • Corey Brinkema of the Forest Stewardship Council;
  • Kate Simonen, AIA, S.E., of the University of Washington;
  • Jason Grant of the Sierra Club


Corey Brinkema is President of the Forest Stewardship Council’s US National Office. He joined the Forest Stewardship Council–US in 2007 and serves as chief executive officer of the largest national office of the FSC global network.

He brings 25 years of experience and commitment to sustainable development. Corey has served in both technical and managerial capacities in such diverse fields as green building, renewable energy, industrial ecology, and hazardous waste remediation.

For 25 years, Jason Grant has been a leader in the sustainable forestry and green building movements. He is the principal of Jason Grant Consulting and works with companies and NGOs on policy, advocacy, marketing, training, and compliance.

A LEED AP BD+C, Jason is recognized as an expert in ecological forest products and their role in green building. He is a longstanding member of the Sierra Club’s Forests & Climate Team and helps lead the Club’s efforts to promote leadership and challenge greenwashing in the forest products and building sectors.

Kate Simonen is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry-sponsored academic collaborative that leverages life-cycle assessment data and methods to develop pathways for “carbon-smart” buildings to be part of the global climate solution.

She is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, an architect, structural engineer, writer, and researcher with significant professional experience in high-performance building systems.