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Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech’ wood opens

Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech' wood opens

A Mount Vernon elementary school built with a high-tech wood product opened Monday.

Fifth grader Valeria Alvarez is sad she’ll be missing out. She’s graduating from Jefferson Elementary and won’t be able to hit the books in one of the new classrooms on campus.

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Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

The seeds of Andrew Waugh’s great disruption were planted in 2003. “Back then, people were saying we could ‘fix’ climate change by putting a solar panel on top of everything we built,” he remembered. “But we knew that wasn’t even close to enough.”

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PG&E turns dead trees into renewable energy

PG&E turns dead trees into renewable energy

In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality to prepare the dead tree debris for use in biomass generation facilities. The two newest sites recently opened in Placer and Nevada counties.

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Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

For Oregon, cross-laminated timber represents a chance to use a robust urban economy to revive the moribund wood products industry. It’s rare that a governor shows up to celebrate a new condo tower. But this one’s made of wood, and that’s a bigger deal than it seems.

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