Georgia-Pacific, along with partners The Georgia Forestry Foundation and Jamestown LP, met with state and local leadership to discuss how prioritizing and utilizing sustainable structural building materials such as mass timber not only has a positive effect on our environment but Georgia’s economy. The event was held at 619 Ponce, Atlanta’s first Georgia-grown and locally manufactured mass timber building utilizing a regional supply chain, located at Ponce City Market. CLT and glulam were both used in the 619 Ponce project.
Led by Georgia-Pacific Vice President of Stewardship John Mulcahy, and Jamestown Principal and CEO Matt M. Bronfman, attendees included U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, and various leaders from the state legislature, including state Sen. Russ Goodman, chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, 8th District, Rep. Robert Dickey, chair of the House Agriculture Committee and Community Affairs, 145th District, Rep. Lynn Smith, chairwoman for the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, 70th District , Rep. Marcus Wiedower, 121st District , and more than 40 CEOs from around the state.
During the event, Mulcahy shared how utilizing Georgia’s vast forest resources, and partnerships with organizations committed to sustainable building initiatives, such as Georgia Forestry Foundation’s Seedlings to Solutions, led to the soon to be completed 619 Ponce project. The attention 619 Ponce has garnered from the construction, commercial leasing, and timber industries proves that the approach—using locally-sourced Southern yellow pine to create mass timber product to build a project of this scope—opens new opportunities for the forestry and construction industries. Mulcahy also shared ideas on how the nation’s forests can deliver meaningful solutions for a more sustainable future.
The group also discussed the challenges related to development, land use, and growing populations.
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