The forest has always felt like home. Growing up among the iconic wind-swept pines and maple sugar bushes of Georgian Bay, with summers spent exploring the centuries-old stands of Algonquin Park, forests feature heavily in many of my earliest and fondest childhood memories.
Indigenous Peoples across North America Welcome the Green Building Community with LEED Recognition of SFI
Guest blog: David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, near Merritt, British Columbia, President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture and member of the SFI Board of Directors representing the economic sector The SFI Forest Management Standard is used by dozens of Indigenous communities in Canada and the US to manage millions of acres of forest land. And that’s one of [...]
Guest bloggers: Republican Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon When it comes to the health of our nation’s forests and the communities that depend on them, we occupy common ground. Another thing we share is our respect for the U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to create a pathway for more U.S. forests to earn [...]
Guest blogger: Chuck Leavell, family forest owner and keyboardist for the Rolling Stones Creating a new pathway for family forest owners to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points is some of the best news for forests that I’ve heard in a long, long time. The U.S. Green Building Council should be congratulated for recognizing forests certified to [...]
Guest blogger: Greg Siekaniec, CEO, Ducks Unlimited Canada and SFI Vice Chair At Ducks Unlimited Canada, our goal is to ensure abundant wetlands, waterfowl, and associated wildlife for generations to come while also improving Canadian lives. Our conservation efforts focus on a wide landscape because waterfowl and other birds are migratory. We do important conservation work in the boreal forest [...]
Guest blog by: Doyle R. Simons, President and CEO, Weyerhaeuser Company The U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to recognize the SFI Standards is good news for forests and great news for green building. Opening another sustainable path for earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits means people who want to build with sustainably sourced wood products now have [...]
Guest blogger: Bob Matters, Chair, United Steelworkers-Wood Council and SFI board member representing the social sector I have been a rank and file International Woodworkers of America woodworker and now Steelworkers member since the age of 18 when I was hired at a lumber and planer mill in British Columbia. My almost 40-year career has seen a lot of changes. [...]
Hallelujah! Forest Certification Recognized in LEED for Its Role in Promoting Legal, Responsible and Certified Sources
The entire forest community is celebrating some huge news. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has created a pathway for forests certified to SFI to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid our buildings of illegal [...]
When I was a kid tromping through the Pennsylvania woods with my uncles, I knew instinctively when I was in a forest. To me, the leafy shroud of hardwoods on those rugged hillsides made it self-evident. But it was only many years later that my studies in forestry, and later ecology and conservation biology, taught me that a “forest” is [...]
Most people understand that the widespread use of fossil fuels contributes to the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. What a lot of people don’t realize is that we are also surrounded by millions of highly efficient, natural “machines” that work to counterbalance this effect… trees! Photo courtesy of The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund’s Go [...]
I can’t clearly remember what I was doing 20 years ago. I’d like to think that I was exploring the local forest, as eight-year-old boys do… turning over a log in search of a salamander, though likely finding a far less interesting leopard slug. Around that same time, SFI’s founders were embarking on a far more important exploration: sustainable forest [...]
SFI recognized Rick Holley, the CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, this month for his longstanding work in illustrating how wood that’s produced from responsibly managed forests ultimately benefits our communities. Holley has been a driving force behind the effort to use wood and wood products developed from responsibly managed working forests in the sustainable built environment. For his continual [...]
At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, we believe the future of our forests and our shared quality of life depend on strengthening the vital links between healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities. The story of SFI unfolds in the pages of this report, interwoven through the data, people and accomplishments that constitute the SFI community across North America. SFI Program [...]
Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Home Builder Blitz helped more than 200 families with building, rehabilitating or repairing houses across the U.S. On June 8, on behalf of SFI, I was privileged to be part of the Builder Blitz in Sanford, Florida. SFI has worked closely with Habitat since 2008 in both the U.S. and Canada. Supporting the Home Builder Blitz [...]
This Father’s Day is a special one for me because it’s the first one in my lifetime when I will not be able to call my dad and wish him well. You see, I lost him earlier this year just short of his 90th birthday. I was honored to speak at his memorial service and I found myself using the word [...]
Guest blog by: Eleanor Fast, Executive Director, Nature Canada When I began work at Nature Canada six months ago I asked my team for a list of key partners who I should introduce myself to. Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) was in the list of most trusted partners, and when I met with the SFI team at their smart new Ottawa [...]
Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund
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