Not long ago, I was in northwestern Ontario sailing high above the blanket of boreal forests stretching as far as the eye could see. I brought my two boys, aged 16 and 14, to see this place with me, to feel the forest and its people. We were on our way to Birch Lake, a remote location northeast of Ear Falls, accessible only by foot, snowmobile in the winter, or floatplane in the summer.
SFI’s standards, when leveraged with our three other pillars of work – conservation, community and education - provide practical, scalable solutions for markets and communities committed to a sustainable planet. Through the SFI Standards, more forests are well managed, which means more effort is put into conserving healthy wildlife, providing clean water and making more sustainable wood, paper and packaging products available for consumers and companies.
SFI has a proud history of forest-focused collaboration with Indigenous Peoples. Every day, we strive to co-create meaningful change, while also listening, learning, and growing as an organization to become the best possible partner we can be.
Millennials are changing the way we look at the world in many ways—including how we package the food and beverages we eat and drink every day. The EcoFocus Worldwide 2019 U.S. Trends Survey shows millennials place a much higher value on sustainability than previous generations and packaging is no exception.
SFI works to support the conservation of species at risk today and every day. SFI‑certified forests provide healthy habitat for a wide variety of species, including species at risk. So we’re pleased to celebrate Endangered Species Day! Check out this species at risk video featuring SFI’s Dr. Darren Sleep.
Even as the challenges of climate change continue to dominate the news, a set of technological revolutions in design and materials science offers renewed hope. While the transportation sector is a major source of carbon emissions, tackling climate change also means re-examining how buildings are designed, built and operated. That’s because the construction industry produces roughly 40 percent of global carbon emissions – more than even the transportation sector.
The Clemson Cooperative Extension is collaborating with other agencies, organizations, and female owned natural resource management companies to host workshops to provide information to South Carolina’s women forest landowners.
One of the best parts of my work at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative is the opportunity I have to collaborate with researchers, academics and other conservation leaders throughout Canada and the United States. I see first-hand the fascinating and innovative ways they are working together to tackle conservation challenges. Increasingly, people are using forest certification to take conservation in exciting new directions.
An important aspect of our company philosophy is the recognition that we’re not separate from our environment: we’re part of the environment. Plants, humans, non-human animals, rivers, lakes, and forests sustain each other. And we all share this, our home planet, together. As a company, we strive to do our best to demonstrate our respect for the environment and we seek out suppliers who feel the same way.
Did you know that kids in the United States and Canada spend more time inside than any previous generation? While the long-term effects of North American children’s “nature-deficit disorder” is still being researched, we know that time outdoors leads to healthier physical and mental development.