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Regulations help to keep wood viable

by Matthew Spieler

In the world of green, wood, by and large, is considered one of the more environmentally friendly products out there: It’s renewable, can last for generations, can be repurposed into something else and contributes to the overall health of the planet—both in a living and decaying stage.

Despite all its positive environmental attributes, illegal logging here and abroad, mismanaged forests and unfriendly environmental manufacturing processes have force governments and non-government agencies and organizations to put forth numerous regulation and rules surrounding the material—from laws, such as the Lacey Act and California’s CARB to standards like the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGNC) LEED rating system and third-party certifications such as from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)—in order to ensure the product is not only available for generations to come but is safe to bring into home and offices environments. Continue reading Regulations help to keep wood viable

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Associations, Penn partner for education

by Matthew Spieler

Philadelphia—Recognizing there is a need to help their members—and, ultimately, the industry—improve their business management skills, four industry associations have partnered with one of the world’s leading business universities to create a customized program designed to provide participants with an opportunity to study the essentials of business management and develop new skills and strategies to grow their businesses. Continue reading Associations, Penn partner for education

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Davis should be put in Hall of Fame

Some rules are meant to be broken

by Matthew Spieler

Rules are put in place for a reason but, there are times when they need to be broken due to exceptional circumstances. For instance, a professional athlete must meet a set of criteria to be eligible for a particular sports hall of fame, such as being in the profession for a certain minimum amount of time.

But, there have been cases in which a person’s career was cut short due to injury or death and was still voted into his profession’s hall of fame. The thinking was the player was so dominant, so far and above everyone else during his shortened career, he would have easily been voted in if he was able to play out his career. The best-known examples of this are in baseball with Sandy Koufax and Ralph Kiner, two players who would have rewritten the record books if their bodies didn’t give out before their prime. Continue reading Davis should be put in Hall of Fame