Thursday, October 31, 2013

GSA Announcement Offers Path for SFI-Certified Wood in Federal Construction

Woodworking Network
By Nadine Block

Late on Friday, Oct. 25, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Energy that federal agencies have the option to use either the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating tools or Green Building Initiative's Green Globes when choosing a third-party green building certification system.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Join the Forest Certification Movement to Meet Your Sustainability Goals

Triple Pundit
By: Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Most people treasure healthy forests and want to ensure that they are around for future generations. One of the best ways to do that is to promote responsible management of working forests through a powerful tool called forest certification: providing landowners with a rigorous, science-based standard of responsible forest management and verifying compliance through independent, third-party audits.

Since the mid-90s, the idea of forest certification has grown from a curiosity to the mainstream of North American conservation. Its value can be seen in hundreds of millions of acres of sustainably managed forests that support local communities while protecting wildlife habitat, clean water and soil, and other elements essential to our environment.

In North America, the key certification programs are the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS). Overseas, forestlands are certified to the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and various FSC standards for specific countries and regions.