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August 2018 Newsletter


Recent highlights from SFI
SFI On-Product Labels Help Consumers Support Important Conservation Values
Paul Trianosky, SFI's Chief Conservation Officer, describes how choosing SFI on-product labels helps consumers drive positive change all along the supply chain. (Watch the one-minute video: Why Use the SFI Logo.).
Why Use the SFI Logo
Lennard Joe's Guest Column on Indigenous Values, Sustainable Forestry and SFI
Writing in the Okanagan British Columbia Daily Courier, Lennard Joe, President of the Nicola Tribal Association and an SFI Board Member, makes the link between certification to SFI and "seven generations' thinking." It's a mindset that says the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future. Joe points to numerous examples of SFI supporting this mindset through engagement, alignment with traditional values, recognizing Indigenous Peoples' rights, respecting traditional knowledge and culturally important sites, and supporting grants programs. He also highlights the recent introduction of SFI's Small Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families and Communities, which makes certification of well-managed forests inclusive for everybody, whether or not Indigenous groups have the financial resources to pay for a certification process on their own.
Conservation Impact Webinars
UGA Study Finds SFI Fiber Sourcing is Driving BMP Adoption
The third SFI Conservation Impact Webinar conveyed the results of a University of Georgia (UGA) study: Quantifying Impacts of SFI's Fiber Sourcing Standards in Georgia. On average, forestry best management practice (BMP) implementation rates are higher on survey sites located within the wood baskets of mills certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. Biodiversity is also likely to be positively influenced, in addition to water quality because of BMP implementation. This project is supported by an SFI Grant and is part of SFI's Conservation Impact Project, which is measuring conservation outcomes relative to forestlands certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard or subject to SFI Fiber Sourcing requirements. Access the recorded webinar here.
GreenBlue's Benefits of Responsible Forest Management Webinars
GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is hosting a series of webinars dedicated to the Benefits of Responsible Forest Management. The first in this series, "Responsible Forest Management in the U.S. and Canada," will be held Thursday, August 30th at 11:00 am ET. Learn more and register. This webinar series is supported through a SFI Grant.

For more information, or to be added to the distribution list for SFI's Conservation Impact Webinar Series, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships.
Available for Order: SFI 2018 Progress Report Calendar
"Forests Are the Answer" is the theme of the SFI 2018 Progress Report because at SFI we believe forests are the answer to many of our local, national and global challenges. The report is an 18-month calendar (July 2018 to December 2019) showing SFI's contribution to addressing these challenges through building partnerships, providing supply chain assurances, elevating the conservation contribution of well-managed forests, and promoting environmental awareness through education and community engagement that improves our shared quality of life. To order copies of the report for your colleagues, stakeholders and customers, visit the SFI Store. Each report is $2. Enter the coupon code "15FREE" to receive 15 complimentary copies (shipping charges apply).
Green Jobs in Green Spaces Program Celebrated in Thunder Bay with Minister Hajdu
Project Learning Tree Canada, an initiative of SFI, brought the Green Jobs in Green Spaces Program partners together to celebrate the success of the program. Funded in part by the Government of Canada Summer Work Experience Program, 3,725 youth are being placed in green jobs across Canada through the summer and fall of 2018 and the summer of 2019. In her home riding, or district, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, joined the partners to officially announce the funding. Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, also joined the festivities.

Almost 100 students are working in and around the Thunder Bay area, including in the Indigenous Youth Ranger program run by Outland Camps, which focuses on connecting Indigenous youth to opportunities in the forest and conservation sectors.
Forests for Fashion - UN High-Level Political Forum Showcases Sustainable Fashion
Synthetic fibers made from fossil fuels account for about 65% of the clothes we wear today. Renewable and responsibly sourced wood fibers are the answer to transforming fashion into a sustainable industry. SFI, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and others developed an exhibit on sustainable forest fashion at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development July 8-20. The Forests for Fashion exhibit showcased innovative fashion pieces by various designers, including Maria Lefuente, who have all used fiber from the forest for their fabrics. Special thanks to SFI Program Participant Sappi North America for sponsoring the event. Michelle Yeoh, an acclaimed actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador, is featured in a video released at a reception celebrating the event.
Project Learning Tree and Your True Nature Announce Partnership
Project Learning Tree (PLT), an initiative of SFI, and Your True Nature (YTN) share fundamental values and principles, like growing a love of nature and fostering meaningful outdoor learning experiences. PLT is teaming up with YTN to help further both organizations' collective impact on environmental education. YTN's popular Advice from Nature bookmarks, magnets, books, and posters are available across the U.S. and are featured in many national parks. More than 500 teacher members use YTN materials in classrooms. The Advice from Nature concept celebrates the wisdom of nature and invites everyone to connect with and learn from the living world around them. To celebrate this partnership, YTN is offering a 30% discount on all Advice from Nature items for all members of the PLT community. An additional 10% of all purchases will be donated to PLT. Visit the online store and enter the discount code: EDUCATOR-PLTDIS. Learn more about the partnership.  
"Alice's She Shed" Built by Maine SFI Implementation Committee and Maine Make-A-Wish
Alice's She Shed, which looks like a tiny house, is a place that Alice Skiff can call her own thanks to the Maine SFI Implementation Committee, Maine Make-A-Wish and SFI staff. Alice is a wonderful 13-year-old girl who has bravely battled a brain tumor and undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Today, Alice is cancer-free. Alice doesn't have her own room, so her wish was for a place to call her own where she could hang out with her friends. Alice knew how she wanted her shed to look. She drew a plan, proudly displayed in the shed, that included a seaside theme and mermaid decorations. The shed is 12 feet by 16 feet and features a loft bedroom, a kitchenette and a bathroom. The shed was made with lumber and paneling certified to SFI and donated by Maine SFI Program Participants. (Watch the three-minute video: Alice Gets Her Wish.)

Alice Skiff, standing to the left, in the doorway of Alice's She Shed along with volunteers from the Maine SFI Implementation Committee and Maine Make a Wish.
SFI and Habitat for Humanity DC Team Up to Build Homes
SFI is passionate about forests and sustainable forest products being used for projects that improve the shared quality of life of people all over the world. Working with its partner, Habitat for Humanity, SFI put this passion into action with a team build in DC's Southeast neighborhood which has a low homeownership rate compared to the DC average. A "Women in Wood" Build Day was led by Kathy Abusow, SFI's President and CEO. She was joined by a diverse team of women from the forest products sector, who all share a passion for making a difference in their communities and a positive impact on the environment.

This project included donations from SFI Program Participants - framing lumber from Weyerhaeuser, sub-flooring wood panels from Louisiana Pacific, and wall sheathing from Huber Engineered Wood Products.
NatureServe Interviews Kathy Abusow 
Kathy Abusow, SFI's President and CEO, sat down with NatureServe to share her passion for forests, what everyday people can do to make forests more sustainable, and why diversity in the sector is important. The interview also discusses NatureServe's work with SFI on the Conservation Impact Project. The full interview is available on the NatureServe site.
RFP for the 2018 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program is Open
Request for proposals for the 2018 SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program opened on August 6. Applications for the program will be accepted from eligible entities through October 9. SFI Conservation Grants focus on the connection between sustainable supply chains and the natural resource values we care about like water quality, biodiversity, species at risk, carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change. SFI Community Grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future. If you have any questions please email Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships or call (202) 596-3459.
The Place to Be: SFI Annual Conference October 16-18
When it comes to providing supply chain assurances, producing conservation outcomes, and supporting education and community engagement - Forests are the Answer. The 2018 SFI Annual Conference will engage you in a discussion focused on why Forests are the Answer to so many of our conservation, community, and supply chain challenges and opportunities. An impressive lineup of speakers is already taking shape, and more will be announced soon. Join us in Colorado at the 2018 SFI Annual Conference to explore and engage in discussions with thought leaders from the forest products sector around these themes. We will be welcoming a wide range of attendees, including CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials, and many more. Register now.


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