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December 2013 Newsletter


SFI IN BRIEF        

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

SFI Standard Development Workshops in 2014

SFI will release the draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard in early January 2014, and host a second 60-day public comment period along with nine regional workshops which allow stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard. 


Workshops for 2014: Click Here to Register

  • January 22, 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • January 23, 2014 - Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • January 28, 2014 - Portland, Oregon
  • February 4, 2014 - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • February 5, 2014 - Memphis Tennessee
  • February 25, 2014 - Montreal, QC, Canada 
  • February 25, 2014 - Montreal, QC, Canada 
  • February 27, 2014 - Portland, Maine
  • March 4, 2014 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration Fee:  $50.00 per workshop, includes all meeting materials, lunch and refreshments. (Note those unable to pay this fee should contact Amy Doty, 202.596.3458, as we do not want this fee to prohibit participation.)  
Another Federal Agency Offers Choice in Green Building Rating Systems

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a new Sustainable Buildings Policy through a memorandum on November 10. The new policy states, "DoD components are responsible for establishing an auditable process to ensure applicable new buildings and major renovations meet the requirements of the [Unified Facilities Criteria].  The auditable process shall include green building certification of those facilities through any of the systems approved for federal use pursuant to section 436h of EISA." This means, because of recent GSA guidance on EISA, that both Green Globes and LEED are approved for military building use. The new DoD policy supersedes the earlier policy that authorized only LEED. This is significant because DoD is the largest owner of buildings in North America and the largest user of LEED.  Unlike LEED, which awards its certified wood credit only for products certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Green Globes system recognizes Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Sustainable Forest Management Standard (CSA), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and FSC standards in awarding points for certified wood. As with the GSA green building announcement in October, this opens the door to greater use of SFI-certified wood in federal building construction and renovation.

Forest Partners in South Carolina
SFI's Barry Graden and South Carolina State Forester, Gene Kodoma, presented a thank-you letter to South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley. The letter was signed by each of the Forest Partners -- Time, National Geographic, Macmillan Publishers and Pearson -- and thanked the Governor for being a strong supporter of sustainable forestry and the forest products industry in South Carolina

SIC Spotlights
The Texas SIC recently celebrated an outstanding milestone - Ryan Arwhine was recognized as the 3000th logger trained in Best Management Practices (BMPs) through the state's logger training program.  Adherence to BMPs is integral to the SFI Standard requirements. Through BMP training, local SFI Implementation Committees and logger training programs are broadening the practice of sustainable forestry to protect water quality. Learn more about SFI Implementation Committees and their commitment to sustainable forestry. 
The New York Logger Training program (NYLT) recently updated their  Ecology and Sustainability Practices Class, through a Community Partnerships grant from SFI Inc. This updated course will address forest history, ecology, wildlife, silviculture and BMPs, ensuring local timber harvesters are supplied with meaningful and relevant information on these topics and the SFI program. This update contributes to NYLT's core mission of improving the skills, productivity, safety and abilities of timber harvesters. 


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