Gluesenkamp Perez, Oregon congresswoman lead call for more federal wood usage

The Chronicle
December 13, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

Southwest Washington Democrat U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez joined U.S. Reps. Barry Moore, R-Alabama, and Andrea Salinas, D-Oregon, as lead letter-writers asking the General Services Administration to expand mass timber use in federal construction. The letter was signed by 10 members of Congress to express concern that as the administration “recently awarded $2 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funding for 150 projects, none of the funds were awarded to projects using sustainable wood products, including mass timber,” according to a news release from Gluesenkamp Perez’s office. The letter claims that nations around the globe have made building with wood a “top priority” in climate change mitigation, but that the United States “continues to lag” in its adoption of wood product buildings. …The letter was also signed by U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop D-Georgia, Jim Costa, D-California, Don Davis, D-North Carolina, John Garamendi, D-California, Derek Kilmer D-Washington, Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania.

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