WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 16, 2015 (PRNewswire) -The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2015 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 in San Antonio, Texas.
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. This year, seven companies received eight awards from 26 outstanding submissions across the industry.
"The award-winning initiatives are representative of our members' commitment to better practices in their businesses and to the industry's Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. Through hard work, ingenuity and innovation, these companies are helping to create a better future," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "The growth in project submissions represents the concrete actions taking place in our industry to improve the sustainability of our processes and products."
2015 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners
Leadership in Sustainability – Paper Recovery for Recycling
Evergreen Packaging: On-Packaging Recycle Use
Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Large Company)
WestRock Company: Covington Power Island Project
Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Small Company)
Seaman Paper Company: Soft Steps Forward Initiative
Leadership in Sustainability – Sustainable Forest Management
Domtar: Marlboro FSC Partnership
Leadership in Sustainability – Safety
Resolute Forest Products: Working Towards Zero Incidents
Leadership in Sustainability – Water
International Paper: Pensacola Mill/Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Partnership
Innovation in Sustainability
Domtar: Plymouth K-Lime Project
Verso Corporation: Identifying and Mapping Vernal Pools on State Lands in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two 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: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, 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 releases its sustainability report every other year. The 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging 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, 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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.