Working with Habitat For Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) SFI helped organize three builds across the area this month to support families in need of affordable housing. The builds, part of SFI's Indigenous Housing Program sponsorship, each had a different theme: a "Women in Wood" Build Day, an Indigenous Build Day and a Youth Build Day. Since 2008, the SFI community has donated countless volunteer hours and certified products to numerous Habitat for Humanity builds across Canada and the U.S.
This summer, the Maine SFI Implementation Committee teamed up with Make-A-Wish Maine to help some local children. Make-A-Wish Maine is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with serious, life-threatening conditions. Four-year-old Derek Wilson, who was diagnosed with leukemia almost three years ago, wished for a Ninja Turtle-themed playground. Kyan MacDonald, thirteen, requested his own tiny house. Kyan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is now in remission. The Maine SFI Implementation Committee donated the labor and materials for both projects.
SFI welcomed two new officers and one new member to its Board of Directors: Mark Rodgers, President and CEO for Habitat for Humanity Canada, as Board Chair; Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President of Time, Inc., as Vice Chair; and Laura Downey, Executive Director, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree (PLT) Education Operating Committee Co-Chair, as a new member in the social chamber. These new members will play a key role as SFI continues to enhance the sustainability of well-managed forests and the communities that depend on them across the U.S. and Canada.
Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. Structurlam has manufactured CLT for six years and supplied the product to over 350 projects in North America. Structurlam will be able to use chain-of-custody certification to position itself as a supplier in the green building market that is officially recognized by green building rating systems.
A&A Trading Ltd. (A&A), a family-owned, SFI certified forestry company with operations on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, is working with local hikers to change the way people think about the forest industry.
A&A has installed informational signs along hiking trails that explain the connection between sustainable forest management and recreation, reforestation strategies, the economic benefits of forest management, and the wildlife tree retention patches that are reserved for wildlife and biodiversity values. Read more about this project on TreeHugger.
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