Posts Tagged ‘ Sustainable Forestry Initiative ’

SFI Recognized by Green Building Standard

Sep 16th, 2014

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been recognized by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) for its ability to allow the construction industry to responsibly source forest products. BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Worldwide, there are more than a quarter of a million buildings with certified BREEAM […]

SFI Opens Second Comment Period on Proposed 2015-2019 Requirements

Jan 7th, 2014

As part of a second comment period, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) invited nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments for the proposed SFI 2015-2019 Standard. This working draft is the result of input from comments submitted during the first 60-day public comment period which ran from June 5 – August 6, 2013. The draft new […]

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Announces Three New Board Members

Oct 15th, 2013

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc® (SFI) board of directors has selected three members to fill its environmental, social and economic chambers. “SFI will benefit enormously from the wisdom, perspective and passion these leaders bring to our board of directors,” says SFI president and CEO Kathy Abusow. “By representing broad-ranging and balanced stakeholder interests, Bob Matters, […]

Submit Comments on SFI Standard

Aug 5th, 2013

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is revising its current standard to develop the SFI 2015-2019 standard. This complete review of SFI’s program requirements and supporting documents every five years is consistent with international protocols for forest certification standard revision cycles, says SFI. The open and inclusive public process incorporates the latest scientific information, responds […]

SFI Applauds EU’S New Illegal Logging Rules

Mar 8th, 2013

Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), applauded the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought in the European Union. “Illegal logging undermines responsible forest governance, damages wildlife habitat, and reduces the potential […]

Georgia Governor Says LEED Rating System is Unfair to Wood Materials

Aug 21st, 2012

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently issued an executive order  directing new or expanded state buildings to incorporate green building standards. These standards would give certification credits equally to forest products grown, manufactured and certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council. “For the past 50 years, Georgia has […]

Industry Responds to New LEED Draft; Wood Certification and PVC Issues Elicit Feedback

Mar 13th, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its latest draft of its LEED Rating System and a few points are drawing criticism from some in the industry. First, in the section, Responsible Sourcing of Raw Material, new wood products must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) “or better.” Organizations, including the Sustainable Forestry […]