FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Members of the Western Canadian Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Implementation Committee announced today they will help Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver build six townhouses in Burnaby by donating forest products from responsible sources.
Ainsworth Engineered Canada, Husby Forest Products Ltd., Hancock Forest Management Inc., West Fraser Mills Ltd. and iLevel by Weyerhaeuser will contribute nearly $25,000 for certified products, including engineered wood products, plywood for roofing, lumber, OSB and cedar fencing. The SFI Implementation Committee from Washington state will also make a contribution. Volunteers from SFI member companies will be invited to participate in a build day when construction begins next year.
The structure, part of a 27-townhouse community Habitat for Humanity is building on Government Street, includes three accessible units at ground level. It will be certified to the standards of Built Green Canada, a voluntary green building program that promotes green building practices to reduce the impact buildings have on the environment.
“Like all Habitat projects, these homes will be built to simple, decent specifications and quality standards,” said Anneke Rees, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. “As a bonus, our partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative means we can use wood products from organizations committed to responsible forest management – and committed to local communities.”
Independent non-profit SFI Inc. manages the largest single forest certification standard in the world, with more than 70 million hectares/175 million acres of certified lands in Canada and the United States. It meets the needs of local communities through 37 local SFI Implementation Committees, which raise public understanding about forestry and ensure the SFI Standard is implemented consistently. The Western Canadian committee has members with certified woodlands in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“The participating WCSIC member companies recognize the value of contributing to this partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Built Green Canada as a means to promote green building and raise awareness of the benefits of third-party forest certification in a way that will also be beneficial to lowincome families of the Greater Vancouver area,” said Stephen Vinnedge, co-chair of the Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee. “Western Canada is a world leader in forest certification with over a third of certified forest lands in British Columbia and Alberta certified to the SFI Standard.”
“The SFI program is proud to once again participate in a Habitat project, which will provide homes for hard-working, low-income families,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow. “Habitat for Humanity and the SFI program share common features – both draw on the strength of partners to deliver tangible results and both support green building.”
To date, SFI partners and participants have donated time and resources for eight Habitat projects in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Tennessee, Maine and Minnesota – including the first Habitat home on a First Nations reserve in Canada and the first Habitat homes certified to the Built Green Canada and the ANSI/ICC 700-2008: National Green Building Standard green rating systems.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. SFI independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting forest sustainability and supporting the links between sustainable forests and communities through grant programs, carefully targeted research, direct leadership of critical initiatives, and partnerships that effectively contribute to multiple conservation objectives. Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover 285 million acres/115 million hectares. Millions more acres benefit from the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. SFI’s Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain of Custody Standards work to ensure the health and future of forests. Through application of these certification standards, SFI’s on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.
Senior Director, Communications Sustainable Forestry Initiative
About Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is one of 73 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada and more than 3,000 affiliates around the world. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity works with partner families to build simple, decent housing. Houses are sold to partner families with no down payment, and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. Families invest 500 hours of their own labour into building their own houses and those of other families.
Habitat for Humanity
604 681-5618 ext 29
Chair, Western Canadian
SFI Implementation Committee