Guide to Wood Certification
Posted: 03/27/2010 2:00AM
Here’s some resources for wood products companies to get their ‘green’ programs going or take existing ones to the next level.
American Green Business, LLC
American Green offers FSC and chain of custody certification in the U.S.
American Tree Farm System
ATFS has certified 24 million acres of privately owned forestland and more than 90,000 family forest owners in 46 states.
Canadian Standards Assn.
CSA administers Canada’s Forest Products Mark Program. As of June 2007, CSA claims that about 59% or 79.3 million hectares out of 134.1 hectares of certified Canadian forests had been certified under the CAN/CSA-Z809 SFM Standard.
Forest Stewardship Council
FSC is an international organization based out of Bonn, Germany, and with a North American headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. FSC sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. The FSC Web site includes databases of FSC certified forests, FSC chain of custody certificates, accredited third-party certifiers, retailers, and manufacturers and distributors.
Pan European Forest Council
PEFC, based in Geneva, Switzerland, claims to be the world’s largest forest certification system. Programs include standards for forest certification and chain of custody certification.
Rainforest Alliance/SmartWood Certification
The Rainforest Alliance is a third-party auditor of FSC forests and FSC chain of custody certificates. In addition to FSC certification, the Rainforest Alliance offers timber legality verification services to ensure that your wood supply comes from legal sources and verification and validation of forest-based carbon projects under a variety of standards.
Scientific Certification Systems
SCS is a third-party auditor of forestry, agriculture and other certification programs. SCS forestry services include independent forest and chain of custody certification programs, plus legal harvest verification and carbon offsets verification.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
SFI develops and maintains standards for third-party certification of forests and chain of custody certification programs for solid wood, wood composite panels and paper.
Yale Program on Forest Policy & Governance
Yale’s Web provides generic information on forest certification and certification resources. It offers information on the various forest certification and chain of custody certification programs, plus links to dozens of organizations worldwide.
Trade Association “Green” ProgramA.R.E.’s Sustainable Retail Environments
Developed by the Association of Retail Environments, SRE focuses on helping store fixture, point-of-purchase display and other manufacturers affiliated with retail projects develop best practices in sustainable product design, manufacturing and logistics, LEED for retail rating systems, marketing strategies and more.
BIFMA’s Furniture Sustainability Standard and level Certification Program
The Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn. Intl Furniture Sustainability Standard is an open, consensus-based method to evaluate the sustainable attributes of furniture products. It addresses all three aspects of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) and includes criteria for evaluating human and ecosystem health, energy, natural resource and corporate social responsibility impacts.
CPA’s Environmentally Preferable Product Grademark Program
The EPP Grademark Program has been developed by the Composite Panel Assn. to provide independent certification of wood composite products that are demonstrably environmentally preferable through their use of recycled and/or recovered wood fiber and adherence to voluntarily lower formaldehyde emission standards than government regulations. The program covers manufacturers of particleboard, MDF and HDF and downstream users, including manufacturers of furniture, cabinets and other wood products.
KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn.’s ESP is a voluntary program that helps cabinet manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and help consumers easily identify environmentally-friendly products. After meeting certification requirements in areas of air quality, product and process resource management, environmental stewardship, and community relations, cabinet manufacturers can display the ESP seal on their products.
Green Globes is a Canadian-based building assessment and rating system. The program is used in Canada and the United States.
NAHB’s National Green Building Standard
The National Association of Home Builders developed The National Green Building Certification Program to offer builders, remodelers, developers, and other home building professionals a variety of services to learn, incorporate, and market green building. The standard includes criteria for certifying green homes.
Sustainable Furnishings Council
The SFC is a non-profit coalition of furnishings manufacturers dedicated to promoting sustainable practices. The goal of SFC members is to “take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under their control.”
USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. A variety of LEED standards have been developed for certifying buildings, residential homes, retail stores and more.
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