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Lawrence Tech hosts Oct. 27 forum on wood and sustainability

Release Date: October 6, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - The sustainability of wood as a construction product is the subject of a program entitled "Wood: the More Sustainable Structural System" on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

The program will be held in the gallery of the University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC). Food will be served during the registration period of 5-6 p.m. Registration is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); there is no charge for Lawrence Tech students.

Lawrence Tech, the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and WWJ  Newsradio 950 will join in hosting the forum with USGBC's Detroit regional chapter, which will receive the proceeds. The Canadian Consulate General in Detroit is a partner in the event. RSVP to Elana Shelef at or (248) 228-3190.

A panel of green building experts will present new techniques in the use of wood in residential and institutional construction to maximize energy efficiency, create impressive aesthetic design and minimize environmental footprint.

The panelists will include Peter Moonen and Marianne Berube of WoodWORKS! who will demonstrate how to make green buildings greener to meet the demands of an increasingly informed consumer. WoodWORKS! seeks to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

Also speaking will be David Moses of Equilibrium Consulting of Toronto who will focus on the recent remodeling of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Today, when architects and engineers design landmark buildings, they often look to wood to express a contemporary beauty that is rooted in nature and a respect for the environment. Wood is sustainable, carbon neutral and a highly effective insulator that creates superb living conditions. 

Proponents believe the 'green building' market is the wave of the future and Michigan can look to its benefits to help sustain and grow its economy.

Media may schedule interviews with the panelists from 4- 5 p.m. by contacting Bruce Annett at or Eric Pope or by calling (248) 204-2200.  A campus map is available at: .

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.