“Power of Partnerships” On Display

By Kathy, September 15, 2010

It’s fitting that the themes for our 15th Annual Conference, is Power of Partnerships.  The world of responsible forestry and certification is so immense there is not a lot one organization can do on its own. The conference is set to explore the many ways collaboration leads to improved forest management, education & outreach efforts…

SFI’s Statement on the USGBC’s 3rd Draft Benchmarks for Forest Certification

By Kathy, February 26, 2010

The US Green Building Council released for public comment a 3rd round of draft benchmarks to evaluate forest certification programs. At SFI, we continue to urge the USGBC to end a forest certification policy that discriminates against North American forests and against most of the independent forest certification standards used in the United States and…

New York Times on Forests and the Planet

By Kathy, June 8, 2009

The climate change bill pending in the U.S. Congress should include provisions that prevent the “destructive dynamic” of deforestation.  So says the New York Times in a recent editorial.  The editorial included some mind-boggling stats to support its case:   “Deforestation accounts for one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases — about the same as China’s emissions,…

Wall Street Journal Story on Eco-Label Skepticism

By Kathy, April 7, 2009

On April 2, the Wall Street Journal ran an article headlined, “What do Labels Really Tell You? As Eco-Seals Proliferate, So Do Doubts.” (Here is the link to the article, but you need a subscription) I agree with the premise of the article, namely that with so many emerging eco-labels it is important for consumers…