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April 2008
Minnesota’s SFI Builds Habitat for Humanity Home

COOK, MN—What started out in January as a well-managed tree farm owned by Minnesota Senator Tom Bakk will be a Habitat for Humanity home in Hibbing, MN, this spring. The home is being built as a unique effort by the Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee, which teamed up with the local Habitat for Humanity using SFI-certified materials from Minnesota forest products companies. Industry firms, which contributed materials and/or cash donations, included Boise, Forest Capital Partners, NewPage Corp., Sappi Fine Paper North America, UPM (Blandin Paper Mill) and Verso Paper (Sartell Mill).

“SFI is proud to be a partner in this project and support the work of the Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee,” says Kathy Abusow, SFI president and CEO. “This is another example of how our 37 implementation committees across North America are making real, positive differences, not just at the forest management level, but also at the community level.”

As part of the renewable nature of the project, the harvested land will be replanted this spring, using seedlings donated by the University of Minnesota.

Pictured above is Minnesota Senator and tree farm owner Tom Bakk addressing the media during the tree harvesting.

‘Greener Than We Think’

The Graphic Arts Association (GAA) has selected the winners of its 2008 Neographics printing competition, “The Power of Print,” including one that is a special Environmental Stewardship Award, which showcases the “greenest” project.

Winners will be honored at a ceremony on May 1 in Philadelphia.

“This year’s theme, ‘Greener Than We Think,’ focuses on the positive measures that are already in place and have been practiced within the graphic arts industry for years,” notes Margaret Baumhauer, GAA president. “We are encouraged to review our environmental footprint, obtain green certifications, purchase green power, reduce harmful gases (VOCs) that are emitted during printing, purchase sustainable paper, obtain carbon neutrality and reformulate printing processes.”

For more info on the Neographics printing competition, visit .


PIA/GATF presented Robert Birkland, president of Cirrus Consulting Group, Dallas, PA, with its 2007 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award at the organization’s National Environmental Health and Safety Conference held March 11 in Indianapolis.

Birkland’s printing career as an engineer spans more than 25 years, including stints at Arcata Graphics and US Label, where he helped oversee numerous environmental initiatives.

Activists with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) orchestrated a National Day of Action on January 20 to demand that OfficeMax honor its 2007 commitment to stop purchasing paper made from wood pulp from Canada’s Whiskey Jack Forest, where trees are harvested by clear-cut logging.


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