It's the start of the year. Time to plug some dates into your calendar:

Domotex Hannover: happening now, in Hannover, Germany

NAHB Builder's Show: Jan 22-24 in Las Vegas

Surfaces: Jan 29-31 in Las Vegas

Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor: March 26-28 in Shanghai, China

NWFA Expo: April 2-5 in Dallas

IWPA Convention: April 17-19 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Greenbuild: Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia

NHLA Convention: October 2-5 in Fort Forth, Texas

Do you have others you recommend? Let everyone know where you'll be to maximize your networking opportunities.

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.'")