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June 5, 2013
SFI Reaches out to 10,000 Stakeholders to Revise its Forestry Standard

“WASHINGTON, D.C. and OTTAWA, ON  - Today, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI®) launched the process of revising its current standard to develop the SFI 2015‐2019 Standard, reaching out to more than 10,000 stakeholders for input. Currently 240 million acres (97 million hectares) are third-party certified to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard on public and private lands.

“The SFI Standard is developed through an open and inclusive process involving the many different people who know and care about our forests including public and private landowners, forest sector representatives, indigenous communities, conservation groups, industry, academia and government officials,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI President & CEO. “This same diverse group of stakeholders represents the users of the SFI Standard who have achieved third-party certification to the SFI Standard on 240 million acres of forestland.”

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June 4, 2013
SFI Teams Up with McGraw Hill to Educate LEED-Savvy Architects and Builders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The June issue of Architectural Record includes a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for architects and builders describing the benefits of using responsibly managed forest products certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.

“SFI Inc. is sponsoring the CEU, ‘Sustainable Building with SFI Certified Wood’, to help educate architects, designers and builders because they make decisions every day that can affect the future of our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “We want the construction industry to make the connection that thriving markets for forest products help forests thrive. When those markets fail, private forest lands are at risk of conversion to other non-forest uses.”

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May 28, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Canada Executive Joins Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board

OTTAWA, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mark Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada, has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI®) Board of Directors. Dr. Rodgers is a two-time recipient of the “Civic Action Award” and he was recently named one of the social sector’s top 25 most influential leaders in Canada.

“Mark Rodgers is an exceptional leader who goes to work every day with the purpose of making individuals and communities stronger through the work of Habitat for Humanity Canada and their affiliates and partners,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO. “At SFI we believe sustainable communities start at home and greatly benefit from thriving forests, clean air and water, as well as responsibly managed and sourced forest products. Mark will bring great insights to the SFI Board that will help us strengthen our networks and expand our community reach.”

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April 30, 2013
CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada Joins SFI Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC -- Greg Siekaniec, Chief Executive Officer of Ducks Unlimited Canada, has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. ® (SFI®) Board of Directors. Mr. Siekaniec’s election fills an open position with the SFI board’s environmental chamber.

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April 1, 2013
White House Easter Eggs Demonstrate Responsible Forestry

WASHINGTON, DC – For the fifth straight year, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has packaged the official White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standard®.

“We are pleased that the National Park Foundation is leading by example and sourcing certified products,” SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said. “This decision will inspire others in the public and private sector to support responsible forestry.”

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March 25, 2013
Mississippi Endorses Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

WASHINGTON, DC – Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation Wednesday specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government “shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System.” The new law positively positions Mississippi wood products in green building projects while providing a market incentive for landowners to adopt or maintain sustainable forest practices.

“Kudos to the Mississippi legislature and Governor Phil Bryant for their leadership on this important issue,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. ® “The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) currently recognizes only the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating tool. As such, LEED as currently worded does not meet the criteria of Mississippi’s new law. For more than a decade, the overwhelming majority of responsibly managed certified forests have not been eligible for the LEED forest certification credits, undermining communities, conservation and working forests.”

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March 6, 2013
SFI Applauds EU's New Illegal Logging Rules

WASHINGTON, DC and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), today applauded the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought in the European Union. 

"Illegal logging undermines responsible forest governance, damages wildlife habitat, and reduces the potential for forests to provide stable supplies of products and support local communities," Abusow said. "The EUTR, just like the U.S. Lacey Act, is an important regulatory tool to address illegal logging and enable legal global trade in forest products." 

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February 21, 2013
New SFI Vice President to Promote Forest Conservation and Broaden Engagement with the Indigenous People of North America

OTTAWA, CANADA and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Andrew de Vries has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® as Vice President, Conservation, Indigenous and Government Relations. He will oversee the SFI® conservation program in Canada and engage Native Americans, First Nations and Metis groups both in the development and use of the SFI standard. Andrew will also work with governments in Canada and Europe to ensure inclusive forest certification related policies.

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February 6, 2013
SFI Pledges $400,000 in 2013 for Conservation Research

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) announced today it will deliver up to $400,000 in 2013 to support research into responsible forestry practices through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.

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January 23, 2013
New SFI Vice President & COO to Promote Sustainable Forestry and Responsible Sourcing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Monique Hanis has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI® Inc.) as Vice President of Marketing and Communications & COO to lead efforts to further SFI brand recognition through the promotion of SFI’s sustainable forestry and responsible sourcing programs. She also assumes COO duties including managing financial and administrative operations for the independent, nonprofit organization.

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