SFI Blog: Why USGBC Should Recognize SFI – Addressing Aboriginal Interests

Read the latest blog post on goodforforests.com.

By Guest Blogger: Ryan Clark
Manager, Forestry & Strategic Planning
Capacity Forest Management Ltd.


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is asking for comments on the draft language for its LEED rating system. SFI Inc. has invited views on the treatment of third-party forest certification, which must be “FSC or better” according to the latest USGBC credit language. In this post, Ryan Clark, Manager, Forestry & Strategic Planning, Capacity Forest Management talks about how SFI certification addresses indigenous interests.

Capacity Forest Management manages forestry operations for 17 First Nations clients in British Columbia. In partnership with our clients, we balance cultural priorities with the need to provide an economically viable forestry operation.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) certification is one tool we use to achieve this balance. The SFI Standard addresses cultural values as well as addressing environmental and economic concerns important to our clients. And it offers an important proof point to customers around the world that they are buying products from a responsible source.