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Sustainable Forest Management and FSC Certified Wood

GBCI: 0910000503

This one hour movie explores the FSC certification process, fire suppression, the role of old growth forests, and watershed protection.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: March 01, 2014

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)


This one hour movie explores the FSC certification process, fire suppression, the role of old growth forests, and watershed protection. Join us as we journey into redwood forests, down the Rogue River watershed, and talk to veteran foresters & loggers. LEED 2009 Materials and Resources Credit 7 for New Construction, Schools, and Core and Shell are analyzed in detail.

Industry professionals offer advice about the FSC certification process, chain of custody requirements, and design team responsibilities. The course is a video format and requires audio/video capabilities. Following the course, participants will take a 10 question quiz for assessment.


  1. Describe the FSC certification process
  2. Explain ways to achieve responsible forest management
  3. Discuss the history of forest management
  4. Discuss how fire suppression affects forests
  5. Describe features of an old growth forest
  6. Explain how a forest can protect watersheds
  7. List the benefits of using sustainable wood products
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GreenCE, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
United States

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Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Goor content and excellent presentation. Slides were very informative and useful.

Staff Architect, SEI Architects

Well put together and engaging. I feel that I have a much better general idea of sustainable forestry practice.

Associate, Architect / Landscape Architect, Spurlock Landscape Architects

Good explanation of forestry standards at the start; it would have been to see a matrix comparing the different FSC types at the end

Landscape Designer, Daniel Weinbach & Partners

very thorough


Informative and helpful in understanding FSC wood.

Engineer, Arup

Interesting, well-produced material.

Sustainability Consultant, University of Maine System

nice video, good overview

Masters of Env. Management Candidate, 2018, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

One of the better CE courses out there, really liked first half of video.

Consultant, Enervest Florida

Great insight into forest mgt and the importance of the FCS label.

Principal, MCCunningham & Associates, LTD.

Very good for a overall knowledge of FSC, from the historical evolution point of FSC to the modern times.

Consultante en urbanisme, Lemay CO inc.

Very interesting

Gilbane Building Company

Valuable to see the impact of FSC Certification. In the midwest, it is always "out there" in GA, NC or the pacific northwest and we don't directly see how FSC practices affect us every day.
Nice to finally see LEED CE that is not just a lecture on how to do LEED.

Design Manager, Gensler

Wonderful presentation, I would love an advanced level of this and talked about wood species and what they are, why good or bad etc.

President, Collaborative Project Consulting, Inc.
Pro Reviewer

This is a well put together video that provides an informative and compelling context for the LEED Certified Wood credit. It's a rather romantic journey that had me packing my camping gear - I really wanted to leave for Sycamore Canyon before I finished the video. I persevered though...

Much of the video is quite beautiful. Interviews with working professionals are interesting. There are many stock video sequences though (crowds of people, cars, trees, swirling dollar bill drawings, etc.) that distract from the content. Be aware that there is no discussion of alternatives to FSC that exist in the marketplace (as these are not relevant to the LEED credit). This program is not intended as a critical comparative analysis of wood product certification approaches.

A highlight is Terry Campbell from Forest Products Solutions as he is an especially articulate resource for the FSC process and wood specification. He has been educating people for nearly a decade about FSC and this video is a very convenient way to connect to his knowledge. His comments on matching wood grade in your specs to design intent deserves your attention (even if it's not explicitly about FSC - it's very much about sustainable forestry).

I look forward to the course being supplemented by downloadable pdfs that summarize the FSC chain of custody process and documentation process with a checklist, provide a webliography of resources, and sample language for elements necessary for best-practice specifying and for tracking FSC certified materials for LEED submittal. That would earn the fifth star...

CEO, BuildingWise, LLC
Pro Reviewer

A superb, professionally made film that balances the requirements of LEED credits to the core values and reasons for requesting FSC compliant lumber in your project. Logically explained and clearly presented by what appear to be 'real people' rather than actors playing parts, each separate segment covers the whole spectrum of FSC from forest floor to final pieces of lumber. Highly recommended.

Principal, Eco Metrics LLC

Having visited nearly every national park in the US and seeing both the grandeur of old growth forests and the destruction wrought by poorly conceived forest policies, I sure do appreciate the current state of sustainable forestry management. The presentation expressed a well constructed logic sequence that clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of FSC.

I would have liked more depth describing how FSC contributes to stormwater management, pest control, and the social equity impact, but I'm geeky that way. Nice work!

Johnson Controls

As a former Eagle Scout and lover of forests I really appreciated this video. Reminds me that if I hadn't chosen architecture I would have been into forest management. as a career. Miss the woods!

GWS - Project Manager II, CBRE

The first half of this program had nothing to do with my line of work and I LOVED IT! Kudos to USGBC for offering some real learning that is not directly out of their textbook. I hope you can produce more of these informational pieces to keep the re-certifying folks engaged (like me). The last part of the presentation also did a great job of tying the video back to the LEED process. Great job!

Senior Architectural Engineer, Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company

thanks for the valuable information

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