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Reflections from the 41st Intertribal Timber Symposium: Sustainability as a Tradition

By Rocco Saracina, July 25, 2017

As I travel from tradeshows to conferences, and even chat with family and friends, and attempt to explain the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) core mission, I’ve noticed a recurring theme. To paraphrase, people remark that “it’s a great time to be in sustainability because going green is so important these days.” Sustainability is on the…

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Forest Impacts Matter, But What Are They?

By Paul Trianosky, September 2, 2016

It seems that we live in a time of magnified environmental impacts. When I was a kid, we didn’t worry about recycling, or air pollution, or water pollution, or whether the wood in our dining table came from a sustainable source. But the world is a much smaller place these days. Now we understand that…

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New LEED compliance path creates market opportunity for responsibly managed forests

By Guest Blogger, April 11, 2016

Guest blog by: Doyle R. Simons President and CEO Weyerhaeuser Company The U.S. Green Building Council’s decision to recognize the SFI Standards is good news for forests and great news for green building. Opening another sustainable path for earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits means people who want to build with sustainably…

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LEED Recognition for SFI Gets a Big Thumbs Up from Organized Labour

By Guest Blogger, April 8, 2016

Guest blogger: Bob Matters, Chair, United Steelworkers-Wood Council and SFI board member representing the social sector I have been a rank and file International Woodworkers of America woodworker and now Steelworkers member since the age of 18 when I was hired at a lumber and planer mill in British Columbia. My almost 40-year career has…

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Hallelujah! Forest Certification Recognized in LEED for Its Role in Promoting Legal, Responsible and Certified Sources

By Kathy, April 7, 2016

The entire forest community is celebrating some huge news. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has created a pathway for forests certified to SFI to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits through a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help…

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2015 SFI Annual Conference Student Scholars: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future

By Rocco Saracina, October 27, 2015

  I can’t clearly remember what I was doing 20 years ago. I’d like to think that I was exploring the local forest, as eight-year-old boys do… turning over a log in search of a salamander, though likely finding a far less interesting leopard slug. Around that same time, SFI’s founders were embarking on a…