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Five Top Reasons to Sponsor the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference

By Rich Christianson

Sponsorship has its privileges for the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, set for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL.

Because the attendee registration fee for the event- $125 –  is being priced at a near break-even level for the event, sponsors will be doing the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and themselves a great favor by making a modest investment in a Walnut, Oak or Ash sponsorship package.

The sooner you reserve your sponsorship, the sooner you can begin reaping the many sponsor benefits.

Here are five great reasons to demonstrate your support for the urban wood movement by sponsoring this unique event.

  1. Your logo, with a link to your website, will prominently appear on the Full Circle Conference registration site. (Sponsorship tiers and logo size will descend from Walnut to Oak to Ash. Sponsors of each sponsorship tier will be placed in the order in which their paid sponsorship is received.)
  2. Your sponsorship will be highlighted in all registration e-mail promotions, including the popular monthly Illinois Urban Wood Update.
  3. You will receive a 6-foot draped display table to educate conference attendees about your products and services during the March 18 conference. (The Ash sponsorships includes one free conference registration; the Oak sponsorship includes two free conference registrations; and the Walnut Sponsorship includes three free registrations.)
  4. Your key contact information will be included in the conference program.
  5. You will have license rights to use the Bringing the Full Circle sponsorship logo on your website and promotions.

While sponsors of any of the three levels will receive the above benefits, Walnut level sponsors also will receive a dedicated press release that will be posted in the News channel of and on featured in an edition of the Illinois Urban Wood e-Newsletter.

Learn more about Full Circle Conference Sponsorship / Exhibitor opportunities.

Sign up for a sponsorship, which includes conference registration and a tabletop display.

For additional details, contact Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or



Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle

ILWUT_LogoA faculty of more than one dozen passionate and learned professionals, culled from all links of the urban wood supply chain, will share their knowledge and expertise at the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference.

The conference, organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT), is set for Friday, March 18, 2016 at world famous Hamburger University on McDonald’s world wide corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL.

Edith Makra, chairperson of IL WUT, will kick off the conference with an overview of the growing but still largely untapped source of lumber and high-value wood products that could potentially be made from wood salvaged from end-of-life private and public community trees. Her presentation will set the stage for subsequent presentations that will highlight best practices for removing urban trees to optimize lumber recovery, strategies for successfully milling urban wood to manufacture salable products and marketing and retailing urban wood products that appeal to the burgeoning source local, buy local movement.

Invited presenters include urban wood proponents representing Milwaukee, WI; Ann Arbor, MI; and Chicago. In addition, case studies will illustrate real-world urban wood success stories, including i2i Design, a Chicago-area custom woodworking company that supplies displays, furniture and decorative millwork crafted from locally-sourced urban wood for the likes of Starbucks, Mariano’s and others.

The “greenness” of urban wood will be thoroughly explored in multiple presentations including by Laureen Blissard, a LEED certified architect, and Paul Pettigrew, who is teaching the next generation of architects and designers about the potential of urban wood for use in furniture, architectural details and other wood products.

Purdue University Prof. Daniel Cassens, a leading authority of North American hardwood lumber, will discuss urban wood’s place in hardwood markets. He will also conduct live portable sawmill demonstrations using logs felled at McDonald’s corporate campus. (Cassens will also present a full-day Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop, Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.)

The full-day event will also include plenty of networking, table-top displays by companies and groups invested in the urban wood market and an Urban Wood Products Showcase of furniture, artistic objects and other products crafted by students and professionals using urban wood.

View Conference Schedule & Details.

For more information, contact Rich Christianson, conference director, at or 773-822-6750.




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