UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Ph.D. student David Diaz recently authored an article on carbon neutrality and forest products for Western Forester, a publication of the Society of American Foresters.

In it, he discusses his work on quantifying how management choices in the forests affect the carbon footprint of the wood used in buildings. This question came about, he writes, after he was brought into an investigation of the social and ecological impacts involved with construction of the first office building in the world to achieve Living Building certification, the Bullitt Center in Seattle. The building was called the “world’s greenest commercial building” when it opened on Earth Day 2013 because of its carbon neutrality.

Read Diaz’s article and more on going beyond carbon neutrality in buildings here.