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Wood residuals comprise a major component of the total waste stream yet has one of the lowest rates of recovery. Meet and network with business members, government leaders, startups and university researchers to forge the real beneficial partnerships to advance the business of wood recycling. This workshop will feature breakout group discussions to find solutions on challenges associated with wood waste – time to roll up our sleeves! Experienced group facilitators from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University Extension will guide us to productive outcomes. Keynote speakers at the start of the meeting will provide the context and provide some information and concepts to guide breakout group discussions.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Jeff Howe – Dovetail Partners Inc.

Jeff Howe is the founder and chairman of Dovetail Partners, Inc., a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models, and programs. He has authored a wide range of articles on issues including planning, marketing, and green building. Jeff has also published a comprehensive report, The Current State of Wood Reuse and Recycling in North America, which outlines trends and develops recommendations to increase waste wood utilization.


Dr. George Berghorn – Michigan State University

George is an assistant professor of construction management in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. His research includes feasibility of building deconstruction and material reuse, barriers to increasing mass timber building construction in the U.S., reuse of salvaged lumber in cross laminated timber.


Jessica Simons – Verdant Stewardship

Jessica Simons is the owner of Verdant Stewardship, a consulting service that provides project development and management services to conservation and environmental organizations. She provides primary coordination for Michigan’s Urbanwood Project on behalf of Recycle Ann Arbor and manages forest products utilization and marketing programs for the Sustainable Resources Alliance. Simons serves as a trustee for the Great Lakes Forest Products Society, is Michigan’s lead contact for the Urban Wood Network, and is a co-founder and advisor for the Cerulean Center.



Register as an attendee or secure a display booth space to showcase and promote your business. Attendees can securely register with a credit or debit card over EventBrite by clicking here.

Registration is $80 for regular attendees and $30 for current students. Register before September 24 to avoid late fees!

Continuing education

Michigan Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) members can obtain 8 hours of credits for attending. Sign-in sheet will be at registration.

Michigan Society of American Foresters (SAF) members can obtain 4.5 Category 1 hours for attending. Sign-in sheet will be at registration.


We are currently accepting sponsors for this event! Please view the sponsors tab to view and download the sponsor guide.


Western Michigan University
Beltline Campus Conference Facility
2333 E Beltline Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI

Click here to view on Google Maps.


Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids – Airport for October 2nd.

These rooms are reserved on a first-come, first served basis. The hotel is about a mile and half from the conference center.

Please call (616) 285-7600 to reserve, and mention that you are with the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Workshop. Government discounts on rooms are available. Reservations must be made by September 11, 2018.

Any lodging questions can be directed to Neva, neva@mifbi.org

Planning Committee

Mark Rudnicki, (MiFBI Chair) Michigan Technological University
Darwin Baas, Department of Public Works – Kent County
Brenda Haskill, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Rex Lamore, Michigan State University
Kerrin O’Brien, Michigan Recycling Coalition
Scott Robbins, Michigan Forest Products Council
Jack Schinderle, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
David Shonnard, Michigan Technological University)
Jessica Simons, Verdant Stewardship

Michigan Technological University is supporting the hosting and planning of this event (separate from any sponsorship) through its partner role in the Michigan Wood Innovation Team grant. This event is funded in part through a grant awarded by U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovations to Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free voice (866) 632-9992, TDD (800) 877-8339, or voice relay (866) 377-8642. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.