Fostering Wood Recycling in Michigan

October 3, 2018

Western Michigan University Beltline Campus Conference Facility



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.



The agenda will be available soon!



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.



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

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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, at


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.