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October 2017 Newsletter


Recent highlights from SFI

2017 SFI Annual Conference - A Diverse and Educational Celebration of Forests and Canada's 150th Birthday
Nearly 350 people attended the 2017 SFI Annual Conference for three days of discussions, workshops, presentations and networking in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference theme was - Forests. A Way of Life. - and attendees left inspired to go back to their communities and continue their work on responsible forest management. 

Missed a session or would like to re-visit a speaker presentation? You can view and download them here.

Save the date: SFI's 2018 Annual Conference is October 16 - 18 in Westminster, Colorado.
TimberWest Achieves CCAB Bronze Certification under PAR Program
TimberWest became the first SFI Program Participant to achieve the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Bronze certification under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. This certification demonstrates to Indigenous communities that TimberWest is a good business partner, a great place to work, and is committed to the prosperity of Indigenous communities. TimberWest is also the first BC forest company to earn PAR certification. Read more. 
Women for Nature Continues to Grow
This year, as we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, Nature Canada is accelerating its positive impact on the natural world by expanding its collaborative partnership of 150 women of influence. At the SFI Annual Conference in late September, Nature Canada recognized Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as its 151st member of Women for Nature. A late October Women for Nature reception, sponsored by SFI and featuring an address by Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., celebrated Andersen's induction and Women for Nature's expanding membership. The reception also featured a focus on youth and introduced the inaugural class of Young Women for Nature. 
Kyan's Kabin: Make-A-Wish Child Chooses Sustainability
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave 13-year-old Kyan MacDonald the opportunity of his young lifetime, he chose to have a tiny house of his very own on his family's property.To help make Kyan's wish come true, Make-A-Wish Maine called on SFI's Maine Implementation Committee. The Maine SFI Implementation Committee asked SFI Program Participants to donate local, sustainably-sourced wood and to volunteer their time to build Kyan's Kabin, almost all of which was sourced from Maine. The Make-a-Wish Foundation and SFI consider Kyan's Kabin one of the first of many collaborations toward a sustainable partnership for community-based support. It is community projects like this that helped the Maine SFI Implementation Committee win the SFI Implementation Committee Award in 2017. TreeHugger also shared this good news with its network. 
The Future of Canada's Forests
Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., recently published an op-ed in the Prince George Citizen about how SFI ensures forests certified to its standard are well managed for rigorous environmental, social, and economic values. SFI is supporting research with the Saskatchewan Research Council and Canadian Forest Service to help understand the carbon values of specific managed forests across the country. With the Saskatchewan Research Council and Ducks Unlimited Canada, SFI is also working to help develop methodologies to improve the understanding of carbon values of wetlands within forest ecosystems.
SFI Participates in The Consumer Goods Forum's Sustainable Retail Summit
SFI was a Premium Sponsor at The Consumer Goods Forum's Sustainable Retail Summit on October 2-3 in Montreal. Our special session, How the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Helps Organizations Meet Sustainability Targets, featured Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., speaking about how sourcing products from well-managed forests certified to an independent third-party standard is an effective way to help organizations meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other sustainability targets while helping forests. 
Working Together Toward Net Zero Deforestation
Kevin Smith, National Manager, Boreal Programs at Ducks Unlimited Canada, recently published an op-ed in The Hamilton Spectator about the partnership between his organization and SFI, and our collective commitment to the Consumer Goods Forum's goal of zero net deforestation by 2020. The partnership merges Ducks Unlimited Canada's goals of wetland stewardship with SFI's commitment to sustainable forest management. 
Project Learning Tree Highlights
Treemendous Science!, PLT's New E-Unit for K-2, is Now Online

This recently launched online curriculum joins two units that were introduced in July for older students. Within the K-2 e-unit, teachers will find everything they need to plan and implement lessons that use trees as a way to teach science, as well as strengthen critical thinking, active listening, and observation, among other essential skills. The unit is designed for teachers who regularly use the outdoors as a classroom - as well as those who might hesitate to take a group of students outside. Treemendous Science! is designed to increase the quantity and quality of young children's contact with nature and trees.
Join SFI in Boston for the 2017 Greenbuild Expo
For the third year in a row, SFI is a silver sponsor of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. SFI is also proud to sponsor the Women in Green Power Breakfast, where Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., will be speaking about The Strength of our Democracy to Shape Change. SFI will be exhibiting November 8-10 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at booth 1821 in the wood pavilion. Not signed up to attend Greenbuild yet? Be one of SFI's guests with a complimentary expo pass. Register here and use the discount code: SUST0DA182.
Send Holiday Greetings with the Gift of Sustainability
SFI's 2017 holiday card designs are ready to order and customize on our holiday card portal. With new cover images designed in the style of our 2017 Progress Report, send your seasons greetings in English or in French and on card stock certified to SFI. This year you may also customize the inside of your cards with popular holiday phrases and your company's logo. Buy in bulk and save big: cards cost US$0.53 to US$1.20 per card, based on order volume (minimum 250 card order for custom). Envelopes included. Order now.  

Please reach out to Amanda Suntag at amanda.suntag@sfiprogram.org or 202-596-3470 with any questions about ordering.
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