Can a building made of wood fight climate change?

Jul. 09, 2021

Trees are a ready-made natural ally in the fight of climate change. They absorb carbon, and store it in their wood. By using wood in our buildings instead of concrete and steel, that carbon can be stored in our city and towns as well.

The New England Forestry Foundation, or NEFF, is dedicated to improving forestry practices and stewardship of our forests. Their Exemplary Forestry report provides a road map to a healthier, more productive New England forest, one that can significantly mitigate the effects of climate change.

The John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the largest tall wooden building in the state.

We meet with Peggi Clouston, UMass Professor of Wood Mechanics and Timber Engineering.