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SFI BLOG

The revolutionary promise of mass timber

Even as the challenges of climate change continue to dominate the news, a set of technological revolutions in design and materials science offers renewed hope. While the transportation sector is a major source of carbon emissions, tackling climate change also means re-examining how buildings are designed, built and operated. That’s because the construction industry produces roughly 40 percent of global carbon emissions – more than even the transportation sector.

By |2020-04-06T10:27:00-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Certification, Good For Forests, Green Building, Green Technology|

Conservation through Forest Certification to Help Species at Risk

One of the best parts of my work at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative is the opportunity I have to collaborate with researchers, academics and other conservation leaders throughout Canada and the United States. I see first-hand the fascinating and innovative ways they are working together to tackle conservation challenges. Increasingly, people are using forest certification to take conservation in exciting new directions.

Our Supply Chain Helps Forests One SFI-Certified Box at a Time

An important aspect of our company philosophy is the recognition that we’re not separate from our environment: we’re part of the environment. Plants, humans, non-human animals, rivers, lakes, and forests sustain each other. And we all share this, our home planet, together. As a company, we strive to do our best to demonstrate our respect for the environment and we seek out suppliers who feel the same way. 

Forests Fight Community Health Crises in the Chicago Area

Did you know that kids in the United States and Canada spend more time inside than any previous generation? While the long-term effects of North American children’s “nature-deficit disorder” is still being researched, we know that time outdoors leads to healthier physical and mental development.

By |2020-02-12T14:30:13-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Community, Good For Forests, Grants, Partnerships, Project Learning Tree, Uncategorized|

High School Students MAP the Future of Forests at Michigan State University

Forest sustainability is one of most important tools to ensure a healthy planet and shared global prosperity. Despite great need for future leaders in forest conservation, there are difficult barriers for many youth interested in pursuing related degrees. The Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to change that. The program gives underserved high school students hands-on exposure to careers in sustainable forestry. In partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, MSU wants to share their success and grow the program.

By |2019-09-10T14:11:08-04:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Community, Conservation, Good For Forests, Grants, Green Jobs, Partnerships, Sustainability|

Spotlight on four OYEP youth in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) are proud to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by shining a spotlight on four bright, talented and motivated young men and women who have found fulfilling summer jobs through PLT Canada’s Green Jobs initiative and the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP). SFI and PLT Canada are proud supporters of OYEP and of all the amazing Indigenous youth, like Sage, Lucas, Sarah, and Destiny that OYEP empowers to become the next generation of forestry and community leaders.

By |2019-06-20T12:46:30-04:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Community, Good For Forests, Green Jobs|