WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 12, 2018 (Press Release) -The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2018 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.
“Our members continue to demonstrate their commitment toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We are proud to honor the achievements of this year’s award winners and to represent companies that are leaders in sustainability.”
2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners
Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Clearwater Paper: Lewiston Pulp Optimization Project
Leadership in Sustainability – Paper Recovery for Recycling
WestRock Company: Advancing Foodservice Packaging Recycling
Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Large Company)
Resolute Forest Products: Proactive Approach to Workplace Safety
Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Small Company)
American Eagle Paper Mills: Shifting to a Culture of Safety
Leadership in Sustainability – Water
Domtar: Hawesville Water Conservation Project
Innovation in Sustainability
WestRock Company: TechniFluteTM
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA’s annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.
Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Paper Recovery for Recycling, Safety, Sustainable Forest Management and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.
AF&PA’s 2018 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.