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Latest Sustainable Forestry Initiative Stories

2012-03-06 09:34:00

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) continues to put up artificial barriers in its latest draft of its LEED rating tool, shutting out 75 percent of North America's certified forests from the LEED credits that deal with "responsible extraction of raw materials." The third draft of LEED 2012, released on March 1, includes credits for certified wood that is "FSC or better." "This new language raises more issues than it...

2012-02-02 09:24:00

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Caraustar Industries, Inc., one of North America's largest producers of uncoated recycled boxboard (URB), has recently achieved certification in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)(TM) Chain of Custody Standard for the following mills: Austell Boxboard Mill #2 in Austell, GA, Carotell Paperboard in Taylors, SC, Cincinnati Paperboard in Cincinnati, OH and Tacoma Paperboard in Tacoma, WA. Other Caraustar mills received their certification earlier, Austell...

2012-02-01 09:12:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) forest certification program is inviting applications for its highly successful Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program, which is now in its third year and continues to support research and outreach on responsible forestry. "SFI Inc. has invested over $1.1 million in 24 projects since 2010," SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said today. "With the...

2012-01-31 07:25:00

BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the launch of its 2011 Sustainability Report, the company's first ever regional report focusing on its environmental and social responsibility performance. The report illustrates how sustainability is fundamental to Sappi's business strategy and future success, underscoring its commitment to corporate transparency. Showcasing the company's strong sustainability performance in North America, the report...

2011-12-08 14:26:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maine Governor Paul LePage signed an executive order today directing that "any new or expanded state buildings shall incorporate 'Green Building' standards that give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured, and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, Forest Stewardship Council, American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems." "This policy is...

2011-11-21 10:35:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has released an easy-to-read best management practices manual for all landowners, including orchard managers, professional growers, forest landowners, or amateur enthusiasts, so they can help restore American chestnut trees. The manual is an easy-to-read guide that outlines best practices for planting and raising chestnut trees, including site preparation, fertilization, deer and pest...

2011-11-07 10:00:00

(( )) (( )) (( )) WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Housing Endowment has announced 10 of the 25 Habitat for Humanity homes will be certified to the ANSI/ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard thanks to a community grant from Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. "Several Habitat for Humanity affiliates and other builders of affordable homes across the country have already seen the inherent value of having...

2011-09-29 16:49:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) welcomes a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) summarizing scientific findings that support the environmental and economic benefits of using wood in green building construction. In a news release today announcing the study, the USDA stated: "Sustainability of forest products can be verified using any credible third-party rating system, such...

2011-09-14 12:00:00

BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Boy Scouts of America received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®( )(SFI®) President's Award today for its leadership in embracing third-party forest certification and educating youth about the value of sustainable forest management. "This is a natural partnership -- the Boy Scouts of America and SFI share both respect for our forests and a keen interest in showing youth the immense value...

2011-09-13 07:45:00

ForestEthics: Seven More Brands Distance Themselves from 'Sustainable Forestry Initiative' SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Another group of Fortune 500 companies has joined a growing corporate movement against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a controversial industry-sponsored 'eco-label' that greenwashes environmentally damaging products. The trend began in March when seven other prominent brands, including Allstate, Office Depot and United Stationers...