Enhancing economic competitiveness through going green

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 1:00 – 4:00pm


Speakers: Phil Araman, USDA FS; Iris Montague, USDA FS


Wood, the world’s dominant renewable, carbon neutral material is often under appreciated on “green” issues. Discover some of the unique opportunities that wood products companies can use to capitalize on the increasing environmental sensitivity of society.

Dr. Iris Montague is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Princeton, WV. She has been with the Forest Service since 1995 and has provided assistance to the forest products industry in a variety of capacities. In her earlier years as a researcher she was responsible for collecting data for and publishing the Forest Service’s annual Timber Product Output (TPO) reports. Her current interests include forest products certification, forest product competitiveness, globalization, non-traditional forest products, and social media networking in the forestry industry. Dr. Montague received her B.S. (Forestry Management) and MBA (Marketing) from Alabama A&M University and a Ph.D. in Forestry Resources with a concentration in Marketing and Finance from the University of Georgia.


Phil is a Research Team Leader and Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scientist in Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. He has degrees in Wood Science and Technology (BS) from North Carolina State University and Forest Products (MS) from Virginia Tech. His background of research has been in the areas of processing technologies, automated hardwood processing technologies, new or improved products made from low-and medium-grade hardwoods and nonselect species, and to develop effective wood product recovery, reuse, and recycling (http://www.srs4702.forprod.vt.edu). He has extensive experience in pallet production, recovery, repair, and reuse, and in processing logs into lumber, and lumber into pallets, furniture and cabinet products, and in international trade of hardwood products. Most recently he has lead efforts dealing with “green” home building and wood waste reduction and recycling. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and has given over 400 presentations related to past research. Phil has also advised and supported over 30 graduate students at Virginia Tech and has recently taught the undergraduate introductory class on wood science and forest products in 2006, 2007, and 2008.