A condensed version of this post appeared in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Aborvitae April Newsletter. At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), we believe well‑managed forests are the answer to many of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. We are an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, supports education and community engagement, and produces [...]
It’s great to be representing the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and exhibiting at the first-ever Montreal Wood Convention, which is being held at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal this week. There is a nostalgic sense to this event, as it’s being held on the same date and location as the historic Canadian Lumbermen’s Association’s last convention in 2008, its [...]
As someone deeply committed to advancing forest conservation, I was excited yesterday to be part of the launch of the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program for 2013. Established in 2010, the program fosters partnerships between non-profit organizations, SFI program participants and other stakeholders interested in advancing responsible forestry and procurement in the United States and Canada. This [...]
It’s been quite a week in Washington, D.C., with all the activities surrounding the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. The President’s inauguration speech on Monday spoke to the need for a collective effort on many fronts, including pursuing a sustainable future for our planet. President Obama declared, “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes [...]
The eyes of the world turn to Washington on Monday, as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term as President of the United States. And as he stands on this figurative world stage, he’ll also be standing on a sustainable stage, literally: the inaugural platform was constructed with lumber certified to the Sustainable Forestry [...]
On December 10th 2012, the U.S. Green Building Council will wrap up their 5th public comment period on the new LEED rating tools, LEED v4. Much like the other drafts during this two year review, SFI Inc. strongly disagrees with the direction USGBC has taken in regards to recognizing forest certification standards. The 5th draft of LEED v4 reads, “Wood [...]
This conference,The Future is Decided Now, in Milwaukee, WI, has been a truly invigorating experience for me! I hope all of you -- all 200-plus delegates -- are feeling the same as you head home. I feel buoyed, encouraged and eager to act on the work accomplished over the past three days. The agenda may say this was the [...]
The value of diverse partnerships, achievements by colleagues and kudos for work well done was threaded throughout day two of our annual conference, The Future is Decided Now, in Milwaukee, WI. Earlier today I blogged about welcoming Time Inc., The National Geographic Society, Macmillan and Pearson as Founding Partners of SFI’s Forest Partners Program, aimed at spurring the growth of [...]
At the end of the day, success is about teamwork and strong partners. SFI recognized both at day two of our annual conference in Milwaukee, The Future is Decided Now, being attended by more than 200 foresters, manufacturers, customers, business people, First Nations, conservationists and government agencies. This day had a number of noteworthy moments. One I would particularly [...]
What a thrill it is to welcome some 200 delegates to our annual conference this afternoon! From the buzz in the halls as people renew relationships to the informative exhibits on display, and the productive SFI Implementation Committee sessions this morning, we are off to a rousing start. Indeed the future is decided now. One theme that I am [...]
Supporting the green building movement is about embracing energy efficiency, sustainable design, and responsible choices. But it is also about supporting the communities and jobs that contribute to the resources used in those very buildings. We should not have to make a choice between environmental progress and domestic economic development. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia understands this important combination. [...]
We depend on forests for our existence, for the clean air we breathe, for the clean water we drink, for wildlife habitat, and for carbon sequestration. We depend on forests to sustain sacred places and communities. Forests also provide us with an endless stream of products that contribute to our shelter, our literacy, our energy sources, our culture, and [...]
April 25, 2012 By Earl and Wanda Barrs Owners of Gully Branch Tree Farm The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is about to begin the fourth public comment period on draft credit language for LEED 2012. Respected organizations are calling on USGBC to recognize all credible certification programs used in North America through LEED – including the Sustainable Forestry [...]
By Guest Blogger: Robert S. Tomlinson Manager of Strategic Land Asset Management, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources The U.S. Green Building Copuncil (USGBC) is about to begin the fourth public comment period on draft credit language for LEED 2012. Respected organizations are calling on USGBC to recognize all credible certification programs used in North America through LEED – including the [...]
The U.S. Green Building Council has announced a fourth public comment period for its draft LEED 2012 language – starting Tuesday May 1 and ending May 15. Based on comments submitted during the third public comment period, there is clear and strong support for USGBC to open up the “Responsible Extraction of Raw Materials” credit and allow SFI certified [...]
By Allison Welde SFI Director, Conservation Partnerships Posted April 20, 2012 The goal for Earth Day 2012 this Sunday is to help Mobilize the Earth™ by collecting A Billion Acts of Green® and elevating the importance of environmental issues around the world. At SFI, we collaborate with many groups and individuals committed to responsible forestry because we know our [...]
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