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AWFS going green at 2009 show

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers is going green for its biennial trade show, AWFS fair 2009, set for July 15-18 in Las Vegas. Display materials and equipment will be environmentally friendly, show refuse will be reduced and recycled, and AWFS will be offering “Going Green,” a special track in the educational program on how companies can make their products and processes “green” and meet new green building standards.

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Working with the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as Freeman, the association’s show general contractor, AWFS is setting a goal of recycling a large percentage of all materials expended at the show. AWFS will also sponsor a shredding machine provided by WEIMA-America, which will reduce waste created by exhibitors. Everything from pallets and crates to all types of wood scrap from demonstration equipment will be salvaged for re-use.

The College of Woodworking Knowledge, the education program of the AWFS fair and the largest in the industry, will feature the “Going Green” track with a set of environmentally oriented seminars. Material covered will include emerging green standards affecting wood products, adhesives and finishes; forest certification programs and chain of custody issues; and sessions designed to help industry professionals understand the requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, a green building certification program created by the U.S. Green Building Council. The full CWWK program will be available online in March.

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