President Emmert just released a good statement about how the UW should steward the environment:
now we need to make sure the UW does enforce the ideals of sustainable building (wouldn't it be cool to know that the buildings we learn in were built while harming the environment the least?)
in order to do this, we should be attempting to use more wood that is certified sustainably harvested (FSC), which serves the purpose an organic label does on fruit. This process requires less clearcutting and lower logging levels in our state forests.
Today I went and testified in Olympia to the WA state Board of Natural Resources (which is a really random group of people hardly related to forestry (except our own CFR Dean Bruce Bare) deciding what our forests' logging levels should be, btw). I testified against raising the logging level, but they probably will. BY 38%!
plus more clearcutting.
this will pretty much rule out any chance of our state public forests ever getting certification for sustainably harvested wood, which is a growing market out there (in addition to just making sense as a goal). therefore, if we want to build sustainably, we can't use wood from our own WA public lands.
on that note (I should avoid politics on this site,I know, but this touches on issues that affect what happens on our school), vote for Mike COOPER for Public Lands Commissioner!!! Doug Sutherland is all for continuing the old dogma of 'cut 'em all down for profit now.' Cooper's for sustianable forestry. plus alternate energy.
on a totally random note and should be a separate entry, I noticed that all the people there were white. :-( I wonder what it is that prevents non-whites largely from doing environmental stuff. Divided interests? Lack of resources?