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White House Workshop Promotes Building with Wood

By Nadine Block, March 19, 2014

I had the great pleasure to participate in an exciting workshop yesterday hosted by the White House Rural Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The event touted the positive environmental and climate benefits of building with wood and also announced the launch of some great new initiatives from USDA. Participants at the workshop…


National Association of State Foresters Annual Meeting

By Nadine Block, October 2, 2013

Fresh off SFI’s own annual conference, I had the great pleasure to participate in the National Association of State Foresters annual meeting last week, in Hot Springs, Virginia. The meeting brought together the directors of all the state forestry agencies and a range of partners from federal agencies, conservation organizations, and others. SFI was proud…


The Shared Path to Sustainability

By Nadine Block, January 24, 2013

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…

The Georgia Governor Gets It

By Nadine Block, August 27, 2012

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…

GOVgreen 2010: SFI Showcased Role of Forest Certification in Government Procurement

By Nadine Block, November 17, 2010

Nadine Block, Senior Director of Government Outreach, discusses SFI’s role in GOVgreen, a conference held in Washington, DC November 9-10. Earlier this week I was at the first annual GOVgreen conference and had the privilege of speaking with professionals working in various parts of the government, many who have jobs relating to implementing President Obama’s…