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Cultural Survival Areas: Lessons from the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium

By Rocco Saracina, June 21, 2018

I had the opportunity to attend the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium earlier this month. The InterTribal Timber Council coordinates the event, which is hosted by a different tribe each year. This year we were welcomed onto the lands of the Quinault Indian Nation along the northern shores of Washington State. The council is…

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Broader Eligibility for LEED Credits Creates a Bridge to a Greener Economy

By Guest Blogger, April 18, 2016

Guest blog: Gene Kodama, South Carolina State Forester, National Association of State Foresters Forest Markets Committee, and Chair of the USDA Forestry Research Advisory Council My fellow State Foresters and I are committed to maintaining and expanding markets for the broad array of sustainable forest products produced in our nation’s well-managed working forests. Our ability…

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Indigenous Peoples across North America Welcome the Green Building Community with LEED Recognition of SFI

By Guest Blogger, April 15, 2016

Guest blog: David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, near Merritt, British Columbia, President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture and member of the SFI Board of Directors representing the economic sector The SFI Forest Management Standard is used by dozens of Indigenous communities in Canada and the US to manage millions of acres of forest…

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Unveiling the 2015 Progress Report – Growing the Future

By Kathy, July 6, 2015

At the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, we believe the future of our forests and our shared quality of life depend on strengthening the vital links between healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities. The story of SFI unfolds in the pages of this report, interwoven through the data, people and accomplishments that constitute the SFI community…

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…

Why SFI is Better for Woodworkers

By Guest Blogger, March 15, 2012

William V. Street Jr. Director, Woodworkers Department International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is asking for comments on the draft language for its LEED rating system. SFI Inc. has invited views on the treatment of third-party forest certification, which must be “FSC or better” according to the latest…