SFI at Greenbuild: Promoting the Importance of Well-Managed Forests in Green Building

By Jason Metnick, November 7, 2017

One of the best ways to make buildings better for our environment is to use as much wood as possible in construction. However, many of wood’s positive attributes in construction depend, in part, on whether the forest resource is well managed. Forest certification programs like SFI provide assurances of sustainability. Many leading green building rating…


SFI Gears Up for Greenbuild 2013

By Jason Metnick, November 12, 2013

Rock stars and world leaders will be among attendees at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which gets underway November 18 in Philadelphia. This year’s keynote is former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bon Jovi will entertain attendees.  Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild brings together industry leaders…


Sustainability at the Heart of Packaging Innovation

By Jason Metnick, October 17, 2013

Last week I attended Packaging Strategies’ Sustainable Packaging Forum in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Forum brought together leaders from across industries and specialties to share the latest sustainable packaging practices, business strategies and technologies from around the globe. Now in its ninth year, this Forum has become a great collaborative opportunity to find solutions and…


New LEED Rating Tools Fall Short by Excluding Well-Recognized Forest Certification

By Jason Metnick, July 8, 2013

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members just completed their vote to accept the new LEED v4 rating tools. SFI voted “negative with comments” because the LEED rating tools do not recognize credible forest certification programs like SFI and ATFS, both internationally recognized by PEFC.  This outcome is disappointing because, unlike other materials or products in green building, forest products have a proof…