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October 2012 Newsletter

SFI Program Update: October 2012

USA Today Calls Out USGBC



USA Today recently ran a series on the U.S. green building industry focusing on concerns related to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). 

LEED 5th Comment Period is Open


The USGBC has opened its 5th public comment period on LEED v.4

SFI has reviewed the new draft and found the forest certification language has not changed from Draft 3. The credit language continues to read, "New wood products must be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or USGBC-approved equivalent." Unfortunately USGBC has no process or criteria in place to determine what constitutes equivalency. This effectively excludes SFI and other forest certification standards from this LEED credit, in turn disadvantaging our forests, our communities, our jobs and our conservation efforts.  This most recent opportunity to comment on LEED will close Dec.10, 2012.

  • Remember, 105 Governors and Members of Congress have urged USGBC/LEED to support wood use and all forest certification standards including SFI

Cross Border Partnerships Highlighted at Land Trust Alliance Rally


SFI's new Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships, Eli Weissman hit the ground running in October, leading a workshop at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Salt Lake City on Cross-Sector Partnerships. Eli discussed the merits of forest certification with participants and how SFI works to manage & protect working forests in the U.S. and Canada. Fellow presenters Greg Yarrow of Clemson University and Pete Davidson of Bird Studies Canada shared their unique experiences in working with SFI. Yarrow talked about how Clemson University studies and manages its private forest with partners in the U.S., while Davidson spoke on conducting bird counts on public forest lands in Canada. SFI proudly supports both organizations through our Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.

Planting the Seeds for Future Forest Managers


In September five California teachers and twenty-three high school students learned how sustainable forest management practices maintain forest productivity, protect wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risk. A two-day field trip lead by The Forest Foundation and partly funded by an SFI Community Partnership Grant placed students with forestry professionals for some hands-on experience. Activities included a comparison of a managed, certified forest and adjacent unmanaged forest, as well as a tour of an SFI-certified Sierra Pacific sawmill.

2012 SFI Scorecard


Take a look at what  SFI has achieved year to date!


Participating in Print World


SFI will be participating in this year's Print World 2012 in Toronto from November 17-19 with over 200 other exhibitors from around the world. Print World is North America's largest trade show for shorter-run printing. While networking with other industry professionals, be sure to stop by the SFI display. This event is run in conjunction with Design City: Canada's Expo for Graphic Designers.



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Issue Date: October 31, 2012


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