FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2012
Washington, DC – The platform currently being built for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, where President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term in front of the U.S. Capitol, features wood that is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard.
“I am delighted that wood certified to theSFI Standard is being used in the construction of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration platform,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI. “Wood certified to the SFI Standard highlights the contributions of responsibly-‐managed American forests during one of the most important ceremonies in the world.”
SFI is the largest single forest certification standard in the world. The SFI Standard is based on principles promoting sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk,and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.
The wood certified to the SFI Standard comes from Washington State and is provided by Sierra Pacific Industries, a family owned company and the second largest producer of lumber in the United States.