Hello, folks! I picked up a cold while traveling and can't seem to shake it. I definitely don't want to write about technical green issues while my brain is fuzzy. (It's hard enough to go through VOC emission testing standards while my head is clear!). So we'll keep it simple this week.

Late last year I wrote about Malaysian timber and certification programs. Now there is an opportunity for everyone to get more information on the Malaysian programs and flooring supply direct from the source without going to the jungle yourselves.

Members of the Malaysian Timber Council and Malaysian Timber Certification Council will be in the U.S. next week on a three-city mission. They will be traveling with members from two associations from Sawarak, and they will also have six Malaysian companies with them, including flooring suppliers. They are hosting free seminars in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Memphis. The Memphis one will be at the NHLA offices and apparently will also offer good info on the U.S. hardwood supply, as well.

You can get full details and register at www.mtcseminar.com. If you can't make one of the seminars, the site also gives contact details to all the participating associations and companies so you can contact them directly for more information.

Now I'm off for some chicken soup. I wish it were Peruvian chicken, but we can't have everything…

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.'")