As it has become my habit, I’m starting the year with an index of past posts. I hope everyone finds this useful. Posts are sorted first by topic and then in chronological order. Some links appear in multiple categories.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL!

Regarding Formaldehyde (and Other Chemicals):

09/21/10 Formaldehyde, Part 1: The "CARBonization" of America

09/28/10 Formaldehyde, Part 2: Emissions vs. Content

10/05/10 Formaldehyde, Part 3: CARB's Approach to Formaldehyde in Composite Wood Products

10/12/10 Formaldehyde, Part 4a: The Flooring Industry's Responsibilities Under CARB (Part 1: Documentation)

10/19/10 Formaldehyde, Part 4b: The Flooring Industry's Responsibilities Under CARB (Part 2: Emissions)

10/26/10 Formaldehyde, Part 5: LEED and the Air Quality Standard

11/02/10 Formaldehyde, Part 6: Fun Formaldehyde Facts

4/17/12 Formaldehyde Certifications: Product vs. Process

4/24/12 Got a Hot Panel?

5/1/12 Is Double Certification in our Future?

12/18/12 Goodbye to the MSDS

3/26/13 Formaldehyde-Filled Children

4/16/13 Formaldehyde Comparisons: Let's Stop Scaring People About Formaldehyde

4/23/13 We're all Chemicals

4/30/13 Smokers Have More Chemicals

7/16/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 9 of many: TPC

12/16/14 What’s U Good For

11/17/15  Canada gets CARBonized

12/1/15  Alphabet Soup Series, Part 21 of many: IAQ

1/5/16  Only Five Commenting Days Left!

Formaldehyde and the Upcoming EPA Regulations

2/12/13 Surfaces Review & Upcoming Formaldehyde Fun

6/4/13 Proposed EPA Regulations Impact Engineered Flooring

6/11/13 Going NAF

6/18/13 You Have Until August 9th

6/25/13 EPA for Distributors and Retailers

8/6/13 No New Manufacturing?

8/13/13 EPA Penalties

8/20/13 EPA for Importers (and the rest of the market too)

8/27/13 EPA and Distributors/Retailers and Labels

9/3/13 JIW: Just in Warehouse?

9/10/13 The Input of Last Resort

5/20/14 Typing EPA Commentary

Issues on Air Quality and Emissions

9/14/10 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 1 of Many: VOC

8/19/14 Alphabet Soup Series, part 14 of many: NAx

9/23/14 Testing Standards vs. Brands: Learn about Thirteen Fifty

10/7/14 Goodbye to NAUF?

10/14/14 Zeroing in on Language, part 1, Zero Content

10/21/14 Zeroing in on Language, part 2, Valuing E0

10/28/14 Zeroing in on Language, part 3, Compliant vs. Certified

12/9/14 Cleaner Air Through Better Finishing?

12/1/15  Alphabet Soup Series, Part 21 of many: IAQ

LEED and Other Green Building Programs

08/31/10 LEED and Certified Wood: Let's Acknowledge 'Wood is Good'

11/30/10 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 2: LEED

05/17/11 Let's Look at LEED, Part 1: Basic Vocab

05/24/11 Let's Look at LEED, Part 2: Specific Credits for Flooring

6/19/12 A LEEDing Statistic

11/27/12 Eco-Friendly Offices ... But Where's the Wood?

12/4/12 Express Your Views on LEED

2/19/13 Federal Construction & Mandating LEED

8/5/14 Building Green vs. Building Certified

11/4/14 Learning LEED (the v4 edition)

11/11/14 LEED v4: The Radical Restructuring

11/18/14 LEED v4: Going Certified and Transparent

11/25/14 LEED v4: Changes to the Familiar

2/24/15 LEED v4 and Federal Projects

3/17/15 LEEDing Statistics Update

Legality Issues, Lacey

03/01/11 Gohowood in Japan

03/08/11 Resources for the Lacey Act and Legality

04/12/11 The Lacey Act: What it Says

04/19/11 Lacey's Documentary Burden for Importers

04/26/11 Lacey's Legality Burden

05/03/11 Lacey and Marketing U.S. Woods

11/15/11 Lacey in the U.S., Part 1

11/22/11 Lacey in the U.S., Part 2

11/29/11 The Lacey Act and Gibson Guitar

12/06/11 Lacey's Broad Scope

12/13/11 The Proposed Lacey RELIEF Act

8/28/12 EUTR: The European Lacey?

9/4/12 FLEGT! (Gesundheit!?!)

3/27/12 If Prison Labor Shipments Were Lacey Violations

10/2/12 Useful Report: Legality

10/9/12 Useful Report: Certification

10/16/12 Do you feel guilty?

10/23/12 Ok, last one on legality for a while, I promise

2/26/13 New Indonesian Legality Regulations

3/5/13 EUTR Enforcement Starts This Week

3/12/13 Green Lane Legality

3/19/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 8 of many: SRA

5/21/13 Proposed Lacey ANSI Standard

7/9/13 Lacey: "That is That Made-in-America Thing"

6/17/14 Russian Woods to be listed on CITES, part 1

6/24/14 Russian Woods to be listed on CITES, part 2

7/1/14 ILP Down Under, part 1

7/8/14 ILP Down Under, part 2

8/11/15    An Economic Value for a Forest Leads to Having a Forest

8/18/15    Lacey Updates

8/25/15    It all counts: Small thefts from around the world

9/1/15    How to Buy Wood from Burma

10/6/15    Considering US Timber Theft - Nina Cornett Interview, pt 1

10/13/15    Considering US Timber Theft - Nina Cornett Interview, pt 2

10/20/15    Considering US Timber Theft - Nina Cornett Interview, pt 3

10/27/15    Considering US Timber Theft - Nina Cornett Interview, pt 4

Green Marketing, Greenwashing & Green Issues

01/25/11 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 4: Greenwashing

02/01/11 Greenwashing with Logos

02/08/11 Sins of Greenwashing, Part 1

02/15/11 Sins of Greenwashing, Part 2

02/22/11 Misuse of the FSC Logo

05/10/11 Green as the Default at the NWFA Convention

05/31/11 Language Choices: A Chat About Merbau

10/11/11 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 5: CSR

12/11/12 Green Labels: What's Really in my Pie?

1/22/13 Where's the Green in Surfaces?

4/9/13 Response to Avi's Bamboo/Engineered Post

5/7/13 More state legislation to watch

8/26/14 Prop 65 Label Resources

9/30/14 Comparing Green Programs

7/14/15 Green Finishes–A Student Appeal

11/10/15    Prop 65 in Pictures    

Green Stats, Facts and Figures

6/26/12 Wood vs. Cement (and other building products)

7/3/12 Let's Look at Some Life Cycle Analyses of Wood

4/3/12 Good News about the World's Forests

4/10/12 Global Carbon Emissions

4/16/13 Let's Stop Scaring People About Formaldehyde

4/23/13 We're all Chemicals

4/30/13 Smokers Have More Chemicals

5/14/13 Images of Recycling (and Not), Part 1

5/28/13 Images of Recycling (and Not), Part 2

8/12/14 Trees Save Lives

2/3/15 A 97% Loss of an Original Forest

3/10/15 Sustainable Purchasing: Looking Beyond Wood

6/9/15 New Useful Information Resource from the WWF

6/16/15 FSC Data: Watching Global Certification Numbers

Getting Technical

8/21/12 The Green Nature of Factory Finishing

11/26/13 Getting Technical: Stable Isotope Analysis, Pt. 1

12/3/13 Getting Technical: Stable Isotope Analysis, Pt. 2

2/18/14 Getting Technical: Your Wood’s DNA, pt 1

2/25/14 Getting Technical: Your Wood’s DNA, pt 2

3/4/14 Getting Technical: Wood Identification, pt 1: Getting Started

3/11/14 Getting Technical: Wood Identification, pt 2: The Cells Themselves

3/18/14 Getting Technical: Wood Identification, pt 3: Tropicals

3/25/14 Getting Technical: Wood Hardness, pt 1: What is Janka?

4/1/14 Getting Technical: Wood Hardness, pt 2: Variations in Results

4/8/14 Getting Technical: Wood Hardness, pt 3: Comparing Species

4/15/14 Getting (Really!) Technical: Wood Hardness, pt 4: Janka vs Brinell

4/22/14 Getting Technical: Wood Hardness, pt 5: Resources

5/13/14 What about Monnin Hardness?

12/16/14 What’s U Good For…

5/12/15 Getting Technical: Fungus in My Finish, Part 1

5/19/15 Getting Technical: Fungus in My Finish, Part 2

5/26/15 Getting Technical: Fungus in My Finish, Part 3

6/2/15 Getting Technical: Fungus in My Finish, Part 4: Just Enjoy the Pictures!

3/31/15 What Engineered Flooring Tests do You Want to See?

4/7/15 Repeating the Call for Ideas About Testing Engineered Flooring

4/28/15 ASTM PERM Testing

12/8/15    Sounding off about Underlayment, Part 1

12/15/15    Sounding off about Underlayment, Part 2

Alphabet Soup Series

09/14/10 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 1 of Many: VOC

11/30/10 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 2: LEED

12/28/10 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 3: MSDS

01/25/11 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 4: Greenwashing

10/11/11 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 5: CSR

5/29/12 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 6 of Many: Seeing REDD

11/6/12 Alphabet Soup Series, Part 7 of Many: APHIS

3/19/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 8 of many: SRA

7/16/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 9 of many: TPC

9/17/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 10 of many: CoC

11/12/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 11 of many: LCA: Life Cycle Analysis/Life Cycle Assessment

11/19/13 Alphabet Soup Series, part 12 of many: EPD: Environmental Product Declaration

6/10/14 Alphabet Soup Series: part 13 of many: CITES

8/19/14 Alphabet Soup Series, part 14 of many: NAx

9/2/14 Alphabet Soup Series, part 15 of many: ISO

12/2/14 Alphabet Soup Series, part 16 of many: ESA

4/14/15 Alphabet Soup Series, part 17 of many: ASTM

4/21/15 Alphabet Soup Series, part 18 of many: ANSI

7/28/15 Alphabet Soup Series, part 19 of many: Cradle to…

9/29/15    Alphabet Soup Series, part 20 of many: ULEF

12/1/15    Alphabet Soup Series, part 21 of many: IAQ

Tropical Timber Issues

08/17/10 Banning Tropical Timber = Burning Tropical Timber

08/24/10 Ask Your Suppliers for LKS

11/09/10 Visit to FRIM, Part 1

11/16/10 Visit to FRIM, Part 2 (pictures)

01/11/11 Carbon Credit Confusion

01/18/11 Options for Funding Certification

5/7/13 More State Legislation to Watch

Plantations and Species Information

12/07/10 A Green Grass?

06/21/11 Dead Trees Standing

07/05/11 Plantations Pros and Cons, Part 1: the Cons

07/12/11 Plantations Pros and Cons, Part 2: the Pros

07/19/11 What's Hot in Plantations

07/26/11 Confucius or Confusion? What Acacia is This?

08/02/11 The Lowdown on Cork

06/07/11 What Mother Nature puts in Wood May Not Always Be Good for You, Either

06/14/11 Gifts from Old Ma Nature

11/3/15    Make it the Forest Service Again, Not the Fire Service

Recycled & Reclaimed Wood

6/21/11 Dead Trees Standing

7/10/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 1

7/17/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 2: New life for old logs

7/24/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 3: Swim or Sink

7/31/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 4: Economic Factors

8/7/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 5: Selecting the Salvage

8/14/12 Being Green with Salvaged & Reclaimed Wood, pt. 6: Working the Wood

Interviews with Organizations on the Ground

03/15/11 Snakes and the GFTN (GFTN Interview, Part 1)

03/22/11 The GFTN Goes Flat (Temporarily) (GFTN Interview, Part 2)

03/29/11 I Have a Suggestion About the Chicken (GFTN Interview, Part 3)

10/18/11 Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), Part 1 (Almost 3 million trees planted!)

10/25/11 Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), Part 2

11/01/11 Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), Part 1

11/08/11 Tropical Forest Foundation, Part 2

9/11/12 An interview with Andre de Boer, pt 1

9/18/12 An interview with Andre de Boer, pt 2

9/25/12 An interview with Andre de Boer, pt 3

6/5/12 Rainforest Alliance Turns 25, Pt. 1

6/12/12 Rainforest Alliance Turns 25, Pt. 2

9/24/13 Guest Blog: Big Challenges, Greater Opportunities, Part 1

10/1/13 Guest Blog: Big Challenges, Greater Opportunities, Part 2

4/29/14 Universities as a Business Resource, pt 1

5/6/14 Universities as a Business Resource, pt 2

7/15/14 Why all the rebranding? The Oregon State Experience

7/21/14 Why all the rebranding? The Mississippi Experience

On the Job Site

1/4/11 Green Install Tips and Tricks

8/21/12 The Green Nature of Factory Finishing

2/4/14 Guest Blog: Site Finishes

2/11/14 Guest Blog: Contracting Green

7/14/15 Green Finishes—A Student Appeal

Political Issues

10/30/12 Plywood Dumping Case: What Will the Effects Be?

3/27/12 If Prison Labor Shipments were Lacey Violations

12/13/11 The Proposed Lacey RELIEF Act

9/13/11 China & Being Green

9/20/11 A Strong International Market Helps Green China

5/7/13 More State Legislation to Watch

6/18/13 You Have Until August 9th

7/23/13 Seeking Common Sense

11/5/13 Hardwood Federation Fly-In 2013

8/26/14 Prop 65 Label Resources

9/9/14 Hardwood Federation Fly-In 2014

9/16/14 Threatened, But Not By Us...

6/23/15 Booming Biomass

6/30/15 Check out the Checkoff

11/3/15    Make it the Forest Service Again, Not the Fire Service

Industry Associations and Standards

09/07/10 Should We Have Green Standards? (Grades vs. Standards)

12/14/10 Association Resources, Part 1: In the Industry

12/21/10 Association Resources, Part 2: Green Building

09/06/11 IWPA & AHEC: An Expanded Focus

10/04/11 Hardwood Federation Fly-In

12/18/12 Goodbye to the MSDS

International Production

11/09/10 Visit to FRIM, Part 1

11/16/10 Visit to FRIM, Part 2 (pictures)

11/23/10 Malaysian Timber Programs

04/05/11 Malaysian Mission to the U.S.

09/13/11 China and Being Green

09/20/11 A Strong International Market Helps Green China

09/27/11 Evaluating Production Sources

5/8/12 5.9 Million Hectares and Growing: Malaysian Minister Interview Pt. 1

5/15/12 Malaysian Plantations-Rubberwood & More, Malaysian Minster Interview, Pt. 2

5/22/12 100 Years of Green, Minister Interview, Pt. 3

7/2/13 STIDC Presentation in Malaysia

9/1/15    How to Buy Wood from Burma

Trade Shows & Conferences

5/10/11 Green as a Default at the NWFA Convention

1/15/13 Mark Your Calendars

1/22/13 Where's the Green in Surfaces?

1/29/13 I'm Going Green at Surfaces 2013

2/12/13 Surfaces Review & Upcoming Formaldehyde Fun

4/2/13 Look For Me (and My T-Shirt) In Dallas

7/2/13 STIDC Presentation in Malaysia

1/21/14 Surfaces & other Trade Shows

1/28/14 Photos from the Show Floor at Surfaces 2014

9/9/14 Hardwood Federation Fly-In 2014

1/13/15 2015 Calendar of Industry Trade Shows

1/27/15 Pictures of Surfaces 2015

5/5/15 My Paparazzi Photos from the 2015 NWFA Expo

9/8/15    Greetings from DC: The Hardwood Federation Fly-In, Part 1

9/15/15    Photos from the 2015 Fly-In in DC

9/22/15    Photos from the 2015 Fly-In in DC, Part 2

Philosophical Ramblings

8/9/11 Spacecraft Earth

7/23/13 Seeking Common Sense

10/8/13 Jurassic Park and the Wood Industry

10/15/13 Michael J. Fox and the Wood Industry

10/22/13 Guess I'm Just Feeling Philosophical: Lessons from Biology Class

10/29/13 Philosophical Lessons from Japan

12/10/13 "Hire Some Kids"

1/7/14 Happy 2014: Time for Some New Thinking

7/29/14 Biomimicry & Our Industry

12/30/14 Yeah, I Know I’m Wordy

3/24/15 I Do Not Blog in Vain

7/7/15 This Building Did Not Burn Down Today

11/24/15    So long, Dave, and Thank You

12/29/15    Looking to 2016: The Power of Negative Thinking

Miscellaneous

08/10/10 Introduction: The World of 'Green'

01/04/11 Green Install Tips and Tricks

08/09/11 Spacecraft Earth

08/23/11 My Green Summer Reading List

08/30/11 Enjoying the Woods

11/13/12 You Say Jatoba, I Say... Clarifying Wood Floor Marketing Names

10/30/12 Plywood Dumping Case: What Will the Effects Be?

11/20/12 Tradition at Tremont Nails

12/18/12 Goodbye to the MSDS

7/23/13 Seeking Common Sense

5/27/14 It’s My Birthday

12/23/14 Millionth Mile and Happy Holidays

3/3/15 Hoppus to It and Put Your Cunits in Order

7/21/15 Wood Chips—No, Not THOSE Wood Chips…

12/22/15    Happy Holidays

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")