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September 20, 2010
Three New Members Add Expertise To SFI Inc. Board

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced today that three new members were elected to its independent Board of Directors, supporting its balanced approach to responsible forest management.

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July 21, 2010
Global Pressure Mounts for US Green Building Council to Accept Multiple Forest Certification Programs

Forest certification standards from twelve nations have called on the USGBC to end its discrimination against wood and accept all credible sustainable forest certification standards. The certification programs pointed out that wood is one of the best environmental choices for construction the best environmental choices for construction, as long as it is from a responsible source — and that fibre certified to the 26 national forest certification programs recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meets this demand.

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July 14, 2010
Pressure Mounts on USGBC to Open LEED to SFI, Other Credible Standards

WASHINGTON — In a letter steered by Congressmen Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to the U.S. Green Building Council, 79 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing 35 different states, have urged the organization to "accept all credible forest certification systems for qualification under the LEED rating system" including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. On the heels of the letter from this bipartisan group of Members of Congress, USGBC today received a petition with nearly 6,000 signatories calling for LEED recognition of all "wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards including SFI, ATFS, CSA, FSC, and PEFC." In addition, six members of Congress have sent their own letters urging an inclusive LEED policy.

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June 23, 2010
The Sheridan Press Achieves SFI Responsible Fiber Sourcing Certification

HANOVER, PA — Taking another important step in its ongoing environmental commitment, The Sheridan Press, a provider of printing and publishing services to the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journal markets announced it has met Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) fiber sourcing requirements at its Hanover, PA, facility.

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June 14, 2010
SFI's Statement on the USGBC's Fourth Draft Forest Certification Benchmarks

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released for public comment a 4th round of draft benchmarks to evaluate forest certification programs.  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) – the world’s largest single forest certification standard – continues to urge the USGBC to end a forest certification policy that discriminates against North American forests and against almost all of the independent forest certification standards used in the United States and Canada.

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June 1, 2010
SFI Shows How Partnerships Yield Benefits for Forests and Communities

WASHINGTON — Non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. released its latest progress report today, Power of Partnerships, which demonstrates how diverse partnerships can strengthen forest practices and deliver science-based actions that benefit forests and communities across North America and beyond.

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May 23, 2010
DocuSource Print Management Achieves SFI CoC Certification

OREGON — As part of a broad commitment to corporate social responsibility, DocuSource Print Management announced today it has achieved certification to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) chain-of-custody standard.

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May 19, 2010
SFI Invests in Conservation and Community Partnerships

WASHINGTON — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) forest certification program announced its new Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program today, furthering its long-standing commitment to research and bringing together diverse partners, including SFI Program Participants, conservation groups, and several government agencies, to deliver conservation benefits across North America and tackle illegal logging issues globally.

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April 20, 2010
SFI And Built Green Support Oakville Habitat Homes

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO — Habitat for Humanity Halton will build two homes in Oakville with high environmental standards thanks to the involvement of Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) and Built Green Canada.

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April 4, 2010
Thousands Demand Change to the U.S. Green Building Council's Green Building Rating System

WASHINGTON — An online petition demanding changes to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standard is receiving tremendous support. Since launching on March 16, 2010, the petition has more than 5,000 signatures from across the globe. The petition calls on the USGBC to open LEED to all "wood and paper products certified to independent, respected and credible standards including SFI, ATFS, CSA, FSC, and PEFC." Currently LEED only recognizes certified products from one standard. The petition was launched by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.

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