NEC FALL 2016 News

Welcome New Members!

It was so nice seeing all our long-time members at the 2016 Annual Meeting in DC. A special thanks to new NEC members Luke Pragle, Zach Gould, Jack Becker and Isabella Giuliano for finding us. Looking forward to many more annual meetings in the future with you all!

NEC Grove Management

David Andrews is hosting Northeast Chapter members and guests to work in his groves November 6th

Please join us from 8a – 6p at David’s home. 14450 Homecrest Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.

$15 / person for lunch and drink (sausages and veggies).

If you plan on joining, please RSVP to

ABS Annual Meeting Summary

ABS Annual Meeting 2016 was a great success!

Thanks to Andrew Linn and team, the Northeast Chapter did a fantastic job of hosting the recent Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society.  The Key Bridge Marriott was a great location for the top-notch conference presentations, access to Georgetown and sightseeing spots, and situated well for the Thursday tours and Saturday’s fun activities at Ticonderoga Farm.

Many thanks to long-time member David Andrews, who generously invited the tour group to his two sites in suburban Maryland. I’m sure for many visitors, this was a highlight of the weekend!

Over 60 people attended the conference, coming from as far away as South Africa (thanks, Luc!), Uganda (thanks, Joseph!), Mexico (Eduardo, Guillermo y Martin), India (thanks, Nirmala!), and state-side, from Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, and more. We had a great showing from throughout our region, and we welcomed a few new members!

We raised over $2,500 through the silent and live auctions, which is money committed to the ABS for sponsoring bamboo research grants. Bravo!

Personally I want to thank the NEC board members who helped out tons: Anthony Poveromo, Scott & Stephanie Ritchie, Ned and Elizabeth Newton, and especially Andrew Linn. The local help was incredible: special thanks to Hugo, Jack, Hannah, and Zach.  Not only were they there to assist Andrew with so many details, they did all the food prep and cooking on Saturday. Cooking inside bamboo culms over charcoal is a memorable meal!

We are already planning next year’s ABS Annual Meeting : next stop, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in November, 2017. Save the date!

Thank you all,
Susanne Lucas,
President, ABS


Researchers awarded a $300,000 NSF grant to study bamboo as a construction material

Engineers from University of Pittsburgh and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

The engineers, who hosted a symposium about full-culm bamboo construction standards at the University of Pittsburgh in May, will use the grant to “apply materials and mechanical engineering principles to modeling, field tests, and design equations, thereby placing bamboo on the same engineering footing as more conventional materials such as wood.”

Pritzker Prize-winning architect lobbies for bamboo

Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect and curator of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, presented a keynote address at the Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador. Speaking about affordable housing and humble materials, Aravena promoted the use of bamboo and mud as inexpensive and innovative materials with long histories of use in human habitations.


The Bamboo Forest

Thoughts about bamboo from Great Britain…


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