Grant – Michigan State University’s Forest Carbon and Climate Programsfiprogram2020-07-31T08:00:32-04:00
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S FOREST CARBON AND CLIMATE PROGRAM
E-Learning Unit on Carbon and Climate Benefits in Well-Managed Forests
Supporting the Forest Carbon and Climate Program: Specialized Course Content and Participant Sponsorship
Why this project matters
Michigan State University’s Forest Carbon and Climate Program will work in partnership with SFI to develop robust e-learning content explicitly linking working certified forests with carbon management and associated climate benefits and delivering the learning materials to a diverse pool of participants. Increased access to education on topics of forest carbon management and climate change mitigation will increase the demand for certification and certified sustainable products.
This project will extend the benefits of certification and certified products to underserved, remote, and tribal communities, including family forestlands. It will also play a role in connecting families to forests across multiple generations by developing a connection between sustainable communities and housing development activities, sourcing certified forest products, and the growing interest and concern about climate change.
Why is SFI involved?
The standalone module will be an important and flexible learning tool teachers can leverage in secondary classrooms to engage and educate youth. This will strengthen understanding and appreciation of the ecological services forests provide, including sustainable wood products, carbon storage, and other co‑benefits.
One of SFI’s priorities is to connect youth to forests through education. We look for ways to instill a lifelong appreciation for the value forests represent for biodiversity, the wider environment, sustainable communities, responsibly sourced forest products and for our shared quality of life. The educational focus of this project also supports SFI’s focus on encouraging the next generation of future forest leaders.
SFI is also committed to enhancing our understanding of the role that forest play in carbon storage. To facilitate good decision-making, and to help make the case for the value of sustainability, the SFI Conservation Impact Project is working to quantify the conservation benefits of SFI’s work, and the connection between sustainable supply chains and important conservation outcomes. By clarifying these conservation attributes, SFI will help make the link between well-managed forests and the public benefits, like carbon storage, that affect each of us every day.
How the project builds SFI community engagement
The Forest Carbon and Climate Program has established a relationship with the Michigan SFI Implementation Committee to link the proposed project activities with local SFI networks, outreach efforts, and community-based activities. The incentives to measure conservation values are diverse and serve to build connections between brand owners seeking to understand the impact of their supply chain sourcing. Measuring conservation values also helps conservation stakeholders engage more effectively with SFI if they understand the values that certification can provide. Improved tracking will also better equip SFI to provide sustainability related metrics and contribute meaningfully to conservation outcomes.
This partnership includes academics, forestry professionals and SFI Program Participants.
Project lead: Michigan State University’s Forest Carbon and Climate Program
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Weyerhaeuser (SFI Program Participant)
International Paper (SFI Program Participant)
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee
Society of American Foresters
Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute
SFI launches Conservation Impact Project to deliver metrics for well-managed forests (media release).
About the Michigan State University’s Forest Carbon and Climate Program
Michigan State University’s Forest Carbon and Climate Program aims to increase understanding and implementation of climate-smart forest management, which inextricably links climate change mitigation and adaptation. The program focuses on activities that advance best practice implementation, promote robust and inter-disciplinary understanding of forest benefits and co-benefits, and develop and nurture balanced perspectives that include working forests and forest products as a part of the climate change solution. These objectives are achieved through working with strategic partners to better communicate and bring attention to key topics, create educational content and programming, and bridge dialogue gaps on carbon and climate topics related to forests and forested lands.
COPY LINK: https://www.forests.org/grantmsu/
SFI UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19
Dear SFI Community,
I’d like to share an update from SFI on our strategies to ensure smooth operations as well as some adjustments we have made with regards to upcoming events in light of COVID-19. The following reflects our best efforts to keep our teams and our interactions with our community as safe and healthy as possible, and to provide you with some certainty with regards to upcoming events and dates.
REACHING SFI STAFF
SFI staff continue to be fully operational and able to support any needs or questions you may have about SFI programs. In order to ensure the health and safety of our team, all SFI employees are currently working remotely and we have the systems in place to allow us to be fully accessible by email, phone, and video call. You can find contact information for staff on our website or can send general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFI AUDIT GUIDANCE
SFI has issued updated guidance regarding audit restrictions due to COVID-19. We recognize that other requirements related to implementing the SFI Standards, such as logger training, may be disrupted while travel and gatherings are restricted. SFI will issue further guidance as warranted. Questions about audits or standard requirements should be directed to Gregor Macintosh, SFI Senior Director of Standards, at Gregor.email@example.com.
SFI/PLT MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our community and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SFI is canceling all scheduled in-person meetings and workshops through June, with alternative virtual arrangements being developed, as follows:
PROJECT LEARNING TREE CANADA GREEN JOBS SUMMIT
The planned March 23-24 Summit has been redesigned as an e-summit on March 23, bringing youth together from across Canada to discuss green career pathways.
CONSERVATION IMPACT SOUNDING BOARD WORKSHOP
The planned May 20-21 workshop will be redesigned as a webinar on May 20 focused on the intersection of Conservation Impact research and the developing 2022 SFI Standards, with a particular focus on carbon and climate change.
PROJECT LEARNING TREE COORDINATORS’ CONFERENCE
The planned June 8-12 conference in Bremerton, WA, has been postponed until 2021 at the same location. In lieu of the 2020 conference, plans are underway to host a one-day virtual event on June 10 or 11 offering professional development and networking to the PLT Coordinators and partners.
STANDARD REVISION WORKSHOPS
These May/June workshops were designed as regional opportunities to comment on proposed revisions and enhancements to the SFI Standards. SFI still plans to release the next draft Standards by May 1 and conduct a 60-day comment period through the end of June. Instead of the in-person workshops, we will conduct dedicated webinars focused on specific themes and requirements in the Standards, as follows:
Logger Training and Education
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Conservation of Biological Diversity
Chain of Custody, SFI Labels and Claims, and Controversial Sources
SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE REGIONAL MEETINGS
These May/June meetings were planned to coincide with the Standard Revision Workshops and were designed to provide opportunities for SIC members to engage on bi-national SFI priorities and share best practices across committees. These will instead be conducted as regional webinars, with dates coming soon.
Join SFI’s E-Summit, Growing Solutions, to share ideas about how sustainably managed forests, and products sourced from those forests, are great tools in moving towards shared sustainability goals.
This year, SFI is hosting a one-day E-Summit on October 22 to bring our network together to engage around the work SFI is doing across its 4 pillars to achieve our mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaborations.
We appreciate your continued support of SFI and look forward to connecting with you through one of these many opportunities.