FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rachel Wood / 505-989-5072
Marie Rodriguez / 505-259-5397
Santa Fe, NM – Jan. 17, 2023 –New Mexico just got more sustainable.
New Mexico-based Source Verified Good Wood® (GoodWood®), in partnership with Build Green New Mexico (BGNM), the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA), and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD), is proud to announce an innovative effort to support the use of locally sourced and responsibly harvested wood products in New Mexico’s premier green building industry.
GoodWood is a sustainable forestry verification program that tracks the custody of New Mexico’s wood products from the forest through processing to retail sale. Builders who use GoodWood products can now earn points towards BGNM Gold or Emerald certification, making them eligible to receive the transferrable Sustainable Building Tax Credit (SBTC). Administered by NMEMNRD, SBTC is one of a few such programs in the nation.
The GoodWood program, funded through a USDA Forest Service grant, is growing a collaborative of forest industry leaders interested in reducing wildfire threats and restoring the health of New Mexico’s forests and watersheds.
“We are proud to be in partnership with Build Green New Mexico. The wood products we verify can now contribute to sustainable building in New Mexico while also protecting our forests and supporting our communities and local wood products industry. GoodWood is a win-win-win program.” said Rachel Wood, the Santa Fe area professional Forester behind the GoodWood initiative.
The BGNM program inspects and rates buildings in four categories: Energy, Water, Indoor Air Quality, and Sustainability; and awards four levels of certification: Code-plus, Silver, Gold, and Emerald. Miles Conway, Executive Director of the SFAHBA stated, “this project fit perfectly with our goal to figure out how to source more building materials locally and sustainably. We are excited to see the immediate and long-term benefits to our members, forests, and economy.”
Dovetail Partners is part of the team that has been supporting the development of the GoodWood program. Read more about Dovetail's involvement here.
About Source Verified Good Wood®
Source Verified Good Wood® believes in putting your name on what you believe in. It is a forest source verification program that identifies sustainably harvested and managed wood products in order to forge relationships between suppliers and users of sustainable wood products. Source Verified Good Wood is the only program in New Mexico that verifies wood from federal, state, tribal, and private lands is legally and responsibly harvested for the purpose of restoration or resource protection. Only Source Verified Good Wood® tracks the custody of New Mexico’s wood products from the source forest through processing and retail sales. The public can purchase GoodWood® branded products wherever they are sold, and qualifying companies can become members of the program. Learn more at www.goodwoodverified.com.