All Lecta mills have now obtained the ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification, which reflects the company’s report that it has reduced CO2 emissions per ton of paper by 10 percent since 2006.

Lecta is one of the largest manufacturers of coated wood free paper in the world with an emphasis on European specialty papers market. Its most important business is the manufacture of coated fine paper, with a current production capacity of 1,292,000 tons. Lecta also manufactures specialty papers, with an annual production capacity of 309,000 metric tons of finished product, and 123,000 metric tons of uncoated wood free and base paper.

All group manufacturing sites, including eight mills, also hold the ISO 9001 quality certification, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management certifications.

Lecta reports its recently announced 10 percent CO2 reduction is based on a range of energy-saving projects, including the start-up of new CHP plants, improvements in manufacturing processes, upgrading equipment, eliminating the use of fuel-oil and using rail rather than ground transport. In the last two years, Lecta reports to have reduced emissions to values of 0.36 percent CO2 per ton produced in 2012.

Lecta, a private company controlled by CVC Capital Partner, was created in the late-1990s through the acquisition of three long-established companies from Southern Europe: the Italian Garda, the French Condat and the Spanish Torraspapel. In 2012 Lecta had revenues of 1.6 billion Euros and around 4,000 employees.

Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization focused on the paper supply chain, is again asking Canadian printing companies to take part in its Green Print Leadership Survey and Report.

The results of last year’s survey were provided to major product brand companies across North America, as well as the more than 700 corporate partners that Canopy currently works with on establishing procurement policies.

Canopy’s survey is designed to identify printers demonstrating leadership on a range of environmental issues, with a primary focus on endangered forests policies, sustainability reporting, engagement on forest conservation initiatives and eco-paper procurement. It provides Canopy with raw data taht is then used to identify and promote environmentally progressive printing companies. Canopy does not assign grades, but rather makes note of environmental leadership.

“As more printers develop policies with support from Canopy, the Green Print Leadership Survey will help distinguish the leaders from the pack,” stated Marcus Ginder, Canopy’s Boreal Campaigner. “Print customers continue to seek printers that truly reflect their sustainability goals.”

Thirty-six printers, representing 254 printing plants and including three of North America’s biggest printing companies, responded to last year’s survey. The Green Print Leadership Report recognized TC Transcontinental, EarthColor, Hemlock and Sandy Alexander as standouts in their size categories.

All printers are invited to complete the online survey to gain third-party recognition for their sustainability efforts.

Participate in Canopy's 2014 survey

Canopy, a Vancouver not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate, announced its support for a Lifecycle Analysis produced by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which is noted as the world’s largest producer of tissue paper.

Kimberly-Clark is also the global producer of Kleenex, Huggies and many other major brands sold in over 175 countries.

The company’s Lifecycle Analysis, described by Canopy as a cutting-edge study of the existing and potential raw materials for its products, was authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology, with assistance from Canopy, which provided independent expertise on the study’s advisory board.

Canopy, best known for helping J.K. Rowling steer millions of her Harry Potter books onto environmentally sound paper, works with industry and environmental groups to build policy and procedures for progressive supply chains. Founded in 1999, Canopy currently works more than 700 companies, such as Sprint, EILEEN FISHER, TC Transcontinental, Quiksilver, Random House/Penguin, The Globe and Mail, Scholastic and The Guardian, to develop progressive supply chains. 

“With an eye to protecting our planet’s remaining ancient and endangered forests – and not trading off one environmental issue for another – we have reviewed countless lifecycle assessments related to traditional forest products,” stated Amanda Carr, Campaign Director with Canopy. “The key to our endorsement of Kimberly-Clark’s report is that this study includes measurements for biodiversity and carbon stored in our global forests as part of the environmental considerations.”

With the inclusion of eight key environmental indicators, such as land occupation, human toxicity, climate change and water depletion, the study concluded that recycled paper along with alternatives such as leftover wheat straw had reduced environmental impacts when compared with traditional use of forest fibre. “Canada’s ancient and endangered Boreal Forests continue to be made into toilet paper and incontinence products,” stated Carr. “This study is exciting because it weighs the other options for a global company that had over US$20 billion in sales last year. That is a lot of purchasing power exploring what is best for our planet.”

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, global producer of Kleenex, Huggies and many other major brands that are sold in over 175 countries, has published a comprehensive Lifecycle Analysis, which Canopy describes as “a cutting-edge study of the existing and potential raw materials for their products.”

Vancouver-based Canopy, a not-for-profit organization that works with corporations and environmental programs to build progressive supply chain policies and procedures to protect forests, provided independent analysis to the advisory board that oversaw the creation of Kimberly-Clark’s Lifecycle Analysis. The report itself was authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“With an eye to protecting our planet’s remaining ancient and endangered forests – and not trading off one environmental issue for another – we have reviewed countless lifecycle assessments related to traditional forest products,” stated Amanda Carr, Campaign Director with Canopy. “The key to our endorsement of Kimberly-Clark’s report is that this study includes measurements for biodiversity and carbon stored in our global forests as part of the environmental considerations.”

With the inclusion of eight key environmental indicators, such as land occupation, human toxicity, climate change and water depletion, the study concluded that recycled paper along with alternatives such as leftover wheat straw had reduced environmental impacts when compared with traditional use of forest fibre.

“Canada’s ancient and endangered Boreal Forests continue to be made into toilet paper and incontinence products,” stated Carr. “This study is exciting because it weighs the other options for a global company that had over US$20 billion in sales last year. That is a lot of purchasing power exploring what is best for our planet.”

The study is available online at www.kimberly-clark.com

Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, British Columbia, one of the world’s most environmentally progressive printing companies, launched two new offset portfolios (domestic and international) for its carbon neutral printing program called Zero.

In partnership with Offsetters Climate Solutions, Hemlock’s new initiatives allow clients to direct their support, as defined and recorded within its Zero program, to national or international climate offset projects.

Originally launched in 2009, Hemlock’s Zero program has now served 278 clients throughout North America, with more than 16-million pieces being printed within the carbon neutral program. As a result, more than 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been offset to date, which is the equivalent of taking 833 cars off the road for one year.

“We first started working with Hemlock Printers in 2008 with a simple offset purchase. Since then, our relationship has evolved into an innovative partnership, growing Hemlock’s business while tackling climate change,” stated Jeff Calvert, CFO and VP of Marketing for Offsetters Climate Solutions. “By building on Zero with these new [climate] offset portfolios, Hemlock has once again demonstrated why they are North America’s most environmentally progressive and client-focused printer.”

Within Hemlock’s Zero program, clients can direct support to the following new initiatives within a Canadian Offset Portfolio: The Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project, which is an Improved Forest Management initiative that generates emissions reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging; and the Nanaimo Landfill Gas Capture and Flare project, where carbon offset funds have enabled the Regional District of Nanaimo to reduce emissions of methane from its landfill by capturing and flaring the landfill gas that is normally produced.

The International Offset Portfolio available through Zero support now includes the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helping to protect 300,000 hectares of tropical rainforest from complete loss of forest cover; increased distribution of efficient wood burning cook stoves in Uganda to households and institutions; and Lee Country Waste to Energy Facility in Florida, which uses a combustion process that eliminates 100 percent of the potential of municipal solid waste to generate methane.

“The enhancement to our Zero program through the addition of these new portfolios allows us to further emphasize the benefits of this program for our clients,” stated Richard Kouwenhoven, President and GM of Hemlock Printers. “By working with Offsetters, we have been able to identify a fantastic group of portfolios for our clients to choose from.”

As part its overall sustainability program, Hemlock also made a commitment to reduce its own operational emissions by 33 percent by 2020. The company conducts an annual waste audit to ensure it is continuing to divert over 90 percent of non-paper solids and 100 percent of paper waste from the landfill.

Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate, has updated its Ecopaper Database, which is a comprehensive searchable database of eco-paper options available in North America. Vancouver-based Canopy first developed the database 10 years ago.

The Canopy Ecopaper Database (CED), supported by the Environmental Paper Network, now contains more than 440 of the leading eco-papers available in North America. The updated CED has added 86 new papers, including Second Harvest fibers made from agricultural residue such as wheat straw.

CED’s update includes 52 new papers or paper products made with Second Harvest fibers and more than 220 Ancient Forest Friendly papers, which are stocks directly supported by Canopy as being environmentally sound in the protection of ancient forests. The Canopy Ecopaper Database also includes 409 products with recycled content and 225 papers made with 100 percent total recycled content (pre and post consumer).

CED includes eco-paper category leaders for book, magazine and newspapers publishers, as well as copy papers, commercial printing papers, tissue, office products, stationary, fine-text-writing papers, packaging, board, and now molded fiber products like wheat straw bowls.

All papers listed in the database have been screened according to The Paper Steps, a paper-grading tool developed by consensus of the steering committee organizations of the Environmental Paper Network.

View the Canopy Ecopaper Database

Over the past couple of weeks, Prairie Pulp + Paper’s new Step Forward Paper Professional Grade has made significant advances in the commercial printing marketplace, highlighted by its use in the production of more than 110,000 copies of the newest Corporate Knights magazine featuring Woody Harrelson on the cover.

Harrelson has put his full support behind Manitoba-based Prairie Pulp + Paper and its efforts to institute new directions for North American paper production through the use of agricultural-residue instead of wood fibres. Prairie Pulp continues to drive toward establishing a Canadian mill to produce paper from waste wheat straw. This wheat sheet, as it is commonly referred to, is currently produced in India using byproducts from local wheat farms.

“When we build a plant there in Manitoba, it's going to be 100-per-cent wood free. . . really from agricultural waste,” Harrelson told the Canadian Press in a late-October interview. “I'd like to see a revolution in the paper industry and I think this is an important part of that process.”

Prairie Pulp’s efforts received a huge boost with the new Corporate Knights publication being printed on Step Forward Paper Professional Grade, which carries 60 percent wheat straw paper combined with 40 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood fibre. The 110,000-plus magazine run was distributed in The Globe and Mail and Washington Post newspapers, based on the collective efforts of the Corporate Knights, Prairie Paper, Canopy and EarthColor.

Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit rooted in applying business strategy to the use of environmentally progressive papers, also announced several of its printing partners, including EarthColor, Hemlock, MPH Graphics and Plan It Green Printing, are now offering folio sheet versions of Prairie Pulp’s Step Forward Paper Professional Grade for the commercial market. This wheat straw uncoated folio sheet is primarily aimed at book and magazine publishers and for general marketing purposes.

Canopy has spent the past decade campaigning to make straw-based papers available to North American printers and publishers, as an alternative to virgin fibre pulled from the world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests. Straw papers, according to Canopy, carry half the ecological footprint of tree papers and have the potential to keep more than 180 million trees standing every year. Canopy has helped more than 350 businesses craft policy language to support research and development in the field. 

Greenpeace this morning released a new report after a nine-month examination of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which the papermaker launched in February 2013 in an effort to end deforestation in its supply chain.

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) issued a statement that it welcomes the Greenpeace report, called APP’s Forest Conservation Policy, Progress Review, which highlights a number of positive steps taken by APP since the launch of the FCP, as well as future challenges. When APP introduced its FCP, Greenpeace agreed to suspend its campaign against the papermaker, while continuing to provide constructive criticism and advice as the policy is implemented.

Greenpeace’s progress report on APP looks at all aspects of how the FCP is being implemented and states, “The company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments.”

APP’s FCP introduced a moratorium on all natural forest clearance, which remains in place while assessments are carried out to determine which parts of APP suppliers’ concessions are of High Conservation Value (HCV) and which are of High Carbon Stock (HCS), all of which will be protected. The assessments are being done by The Forest Trust (TFT) and HCV assessors. They are scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014.

“It is very encouraging that Greenpeace’s report recognizes the progress we have made since introducing the FCP just nine months ago,” stated Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability for APP. “We know that many years of work lie ahead, but this report has given us additional confidence that we are on the right path as we aim to put a permanent end to deforestation in our supply chain.

“Scrutiny from Greenpeace and other NGOs has been an important driver for us and we hope to continue to work with all stakeholders in this way over the coming years.”

Asia Pulp & Paper Group, with manufacturing locations across Indonesia and China, is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated pulp and paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six continents.

The Greenpeace report highlights APP’s following positive steps taken since the launch of the FCP in February 2013, including:

Overall implementation of the natural forest and undeveloped peatland moratorium;

Self-disclosure of two breaches of the FCP;

Action to improve the management and implementation of the FCP based on early lessons and breaches;

Commitment to consulting stakeholders on draft HCV assessment reports;

Progress on a key social conflict priority area (Senyerang, Jambi Province);

Plans to implement a Procedure for Association to address how the FCP is applied to future pulpwood suppliers;

Decision to seek alternative uses for Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH) – cleared from non-HCS and non-HCV areas (This issue, according ot APP, will be addressed through a working group that includes a number of NGOs_;

Decision to undertake third-party auditing of the implementation of the FCP; and

Additional transparency measures, notably our online monitoring dashboard.

The report also raises a number of challenges for further improvements, including:

APP should set out its plan to engage other stakeholders to help address the issue of overlapping licenses and share details of remaining challenges on its online monitoring dashboard;

APP should publish a sustainable forest management-planning schedule on the dashboard;

Progress on peatland assessment and management should be accelerated;

Conservation plans must have the input of credible experts;

APP must increase transparency on work in China;

APP must now demonstrate that long-term forecasts for its plantation suppliers in Indonesia are sufficiently robust to stand up to scrutiny.

View a PDF of the full Greenpeace progress report on APP.

Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit deeply rooted in environmentally progressive business strategy, has published its Green Print Leadership Report – a survey-focused program that began some two years ago.

The report, referred to by Canopy as a first of its kind for North America, profiles printing companies that are leaders in paper procurement, forest conservation and sustainability reporting. It includes some of the industry’s best-known operations like TC Transcontinental, R.R. Donnelley, Sandy Alexander, and BC-based Hemlock Printers.

“We’ve been very pleased by the response to Canopy’s survey and especially with the growing number of printers showing an increasing level of conservation leadership,” said Marcus Ginder, Print Campaigner with Canopy. “The companies we work with are looking beyond tri-certification to support printing firms that take an active role in advancing endangered forest conservation.”

The Green Printer Leadership Report will be circulated to executives of large print buyers like Random House, Time, Scholastic, as well as Canopy’s 700-plus signatory companies and those with a stated interest in forest conservation.

Thirty-six printing firms, accounting for a total of 250 North American plants, participated in Canopy’s survey portion of the report. Neva Murtha, Canopy Print Campaigner, points out that while 92 percent of the respondents have sustainability policies only 42 percent of those are publicly available.

“Printers play a key role and can make a significant contribution to protecting the world’s remaining forests,” said Murtha. “Canopy is committed to collaborating with printers to do just that, by working with them on strong forest conservation policy development, implementation and transparent reporting.”

The full PDF report can be downloaded from canopyplanet.org.

Web exPress Inc. of Coquitlam, British Columbia, becomes the newest printing company to join Agfa Graphics’ GreenWorks program, designed to celebrate Agfa customers who commit to the use of environmentally progressive technology.

The company runs Agfa’s :Energy Elite product, which is a long run, no-bake thermal plate. To become a member of Agfa GreenWorks, printers must use one of the following plates from Agfa Graphics: :Azura TS, :Amigo TS, :Energy Elite/Pro, :Azura Vi, and :N94-VCF.

“It is obvious to us that a sustainable future in life and in business is absolutely critical,” stated Byron Sheardown, owner of  Web exPress. “Environmental soundness must be in the foreground of our decisions. Our customers are happy and encourage our efforts to be green as long as it doesn't cost more. With :Energy Elite, we got a superior plate that delivers higher quality printing to our customers.”

Established in 1997 with eight staff members, Web exPress today runs three web press lines and two Heidelberg sheetfed presses, as well as large bindery and mailing departments. The company was listed among Business in Vancouver magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in British Columbia in 2011.
In addition to using :Energy Elite plates, Web exPress recycles plastic, wood, metal, paper and cardboard. The company is FSC certified and claims to have been the first North American importer of 100 percent wheat-straw paper from India.

Canopy, a group aimed at forest conservation through working with paper buyers, has withdrawn from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), citing the agreement’s lack of effectiveness.

The agreement, launched in 2010, was put forth by nine environmental groups and the Forest Products Association of Canada (including its 19 member companies). The CBFA aimed at unanimous objectives for large-scale protection and ethical forest practices. In the three ensuing years, however, Canopy alleges that the group has not been able to agree on any protection recommendations while milestones and deadlines have been missed.

“This collaboration with the logging industry was supposed to be a game-changer for the protection of species and conservation in Canada’s threatened Boreal forest,” said Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy. “The disappointing reality is that not one hectare of forest has been protected and species and ecosystems are still at risk.” 

Boreal forests are the world’s largest terrestrial carbon sink, serving to store the equivalent of 26 years of global fossil fuel emissions in trees, soil, water and peat. Thirty percent of North America’s bird populations rely on the Boreal forest for breeding. Canada’s Boreal forest contains 80 per cent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water and provides critical habitat for the endangered and iconic Woodland caribou. The CBFA had an initial 76 milestones to protect 50 to 70 percent of the Boreal, a percentage science has deemed necessary to ensure ecological certainty.

NGOs still part of the CBFA include: Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, Pew Environmental Group International and the Ivey Foundation. The forestry companies participating are: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Cascades inc., Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., F.F. Soucy Inc., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Limited Partnership, Kruger Inc., Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Mill & Timber Products Ltd., Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., NewPage Corporation, Resolute Forest Products, Tembec, Tolko Industries Ltd., West FraserTimber Co. Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited — all represented by the Forest Products Association of Canada

“Canopy works with over 700 large corporate consumers of forest products and we will be informing them about the logging reality in Canada,” said Rycroft. “The decision to leave the CBFA was not taken lightly. We remain committed to collaborative solutions building and hope that by re-­‐invigorating our markets work we can open the door to large-scale and timely conservation of the boreal forest.”

Leading into Earth Day on April 22, HP today introduced a series of new environmental initiatives, including an expanded return and recycling program with Office Depot, as well as news that the Forest Stewardship Council has certified its HP Everyday Paper line. The company today also reported unprecedented results in relation to its long-running environmental programs.

HP is working in collaboration with International Paper Company (IPC) to use fibre from responsibly managed forests. The resulting FSC certification of the HP Everyday Office Papers is specifically for North America, but this initiative, which applies to the complete produce line, joins HP’s existing FSC-certified portfolio in Latin America.

The company reports that more than 40 percent of its total worldwide office-paper tonnage is now FSC-certified and/or contains at least 30 percent post-consumer waste. HP announced a goal to have 50 percent or more of HP-branded paper FSC-certified, or have at least 30 percent post-consumer waste content, by the end of 2015.

“Our customers want printing solutions that offer quality and reliability, with proven environmental performance,” stated Annukka Dickens, Director of HP's Americas Environmental Leadership Team.

HP was one of the world’s first large-scale technology companies to focus environmental efforts around the life cycle of products, which today is best illustrated through the closed-loop plastics recycling process of the company’s long-running cartridge return and recycling program, called HP Planet Partners.

HP Planet Partners today is offered in 56 countries and territories, allowing customers to return used HP cartridges by visiting www.hp.com/recycle or HP Authorized Retail Collection locations. The company reports that its customers worldwide have now recycled more than half a billion HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges through the HP Planet Partners program.

Office Depot was announced today as the newest retailer to join HP’s recycling efforts, which also includes players like Office Max, Staples and Walmart. As a result, HP’s cartridge collection network is anticipated to include more than 9,000 retail outlets worldwide. The company stated that it plans to recycle 3.5 billion pounds of electronic products and supplies by the end of 2015.

Office Depot, in its inaugural year of supporting HP’s Planet Partners, will offer HP ink recycling in more than 1,100 stores across the United States. Staples has supported HP recycling efforts for more than five years and expanded in 2012 to include hardware recycling across North America. Together, HP and Staples have collected more than 40 million pounds of ink and toner cartridges and hardware for recycling. Walmart brings the largest network of retail drop-off locations with more than 3,500 stores.
HP’s closed-loop plastics recycling process uses plastic from recycled Original HP ink and toner cartridges and other post-consumer sources to create new Original HP cartridges. To date, HP reports that it has used more than 118 million pounds of recycled content, which the company explains to have kept 280 million cartridges and 2 billion post-consumer plastic bottles out of landfills.
When compared to virgin plastic, the recycled plastic used in HP ink cartridges produced in 2010 and beyond, according to HP, has up to an estimated 33 percent smaller carbon footprint than virgin plastic in Original HP ink cartridges – even when accounting for the impact associated with collecting, transporting and processing used cartridges and plastic bottles. This plastic, according to HP’s reporting, is estimated to reduce total water used by up to 89 percent.

Torstar Corporation has launched a new set of Environmental Purchasing Principles for the paper supply chain of three of its primary operating entities, including Harlequin, Star Media Group and Metroland Media Group.

The company’s new paper purchasing principles are designed to encourage suppliers to eliminate the use of fibre from ancient, endangered forests and to also focus on the use of post-consumer recycled fibre. Torstar’s purchasing principles are also aligned to encourage Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC) as the target standard.

Canopy, an independent environmental not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, collaborated with Torstar over the past eight months to help establish its new Environmental Purchasing Principles. Best known as the organization behind the greening of the Harry Potter series internationally, Canopy today works with over 700 forest product customer companies to support and advise on the development of paper supply policies.

“Torstar’s readers can now start their day with a hot cup of coffee and the newspaper and end it with an equally steamy romance novel, knowing that our planet’s forests are better off,” stated Nicole Rycroft, Canopy Founder and Executive Director. “As a global publishing leader, Torstar deserves congratulations for their corporate wide approach to protecting forests such as Canada’s Boreal through strong principles that guide their paper procurement.”

Harlequin, based in Toronto, publishes over 110 titles a month – ranging from romance to bestseller fiction – in 31 languages in 111 international markets on six continents, with principal offices in Toronto, New York, London, Tokyo, Milan, Sydney, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Athens, Budapest, Granges-Paccot, Warsaw, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai and Istanbul. Half of the company’s books are sold overseas and 95 percent are purchased from outside of Canada. 

Harlequin had 390 bestseller placements in 2010 with a combined total of 1,048 weeks on bestseller lists. Since its inception, Harlequin has sold approximately 6.05 billion books. Torstar’s Star Media Group and Metroland Media Group together publish over 125 daily and weekly newspapers across Canada.

Metroland Media Group, led by President Ian Oliver, is one of Canada’s largest community media companies with operations in newspapers, digital properties, flyer distribution, printing, consumer shows, magazines, directories and a teleshopping channel. It is also one of the country’s largest printing operations, with nine printing plants in Ontario housing 14 press lines.

The combined distribution of the community newspapers published by Metroland, including such dailies as The Hamilton Spectator, the Waterloo Region Record and the Guelph Mercury, is approximately 5-million copies a week.

Star Media Group is centered on Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, and thestar.com Website. This operation also includes the majority-owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and London, Ontario, as well as the jointly owned Sing Tao Daily, the largest Chinese-language daily newspaper in Canada, as well as toronto.com, The Grid city magazine, Torstar Syndication Services, the Canadian Immigrant magazine and Star Content Studios.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), non-profit group based out of Washington, but with a mandate to serve all of North America, announced plans to deliver up to $400,000 to support research into responsible forestry practices in 2013.

Through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, the organization is now accepting applications, Request for Proposals, for conservation research projects that explain or inform the role of sustainable forestry in the following grant categories: Working Forests; Water; Carbon and Bioenergy; Capacity Building; and Wildlife and Biodiversity. 

Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $1.32 million to support projects that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $4.8 million. 
"The decisions we make today regarding research investments and partnerships will better inform our future understanding of how working forests can continue to provide jobs, forest products and a variety of conservation services and benefits," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc., based out of Washington, D.C.
Up to $250,000 is to be awarded to new grants in 2013, which will bring SFI's total investment in conservation and community grants in 2013 to $400,000. This amount includes ongoing multi-year research grant commitments for projects awarded to groups like Ducks Unlimited Canada and the World Resources Institute.

Ducks Unlimited Canada's grant supports developing and testing best management practices for forestry roads on SFI program participant managed lands that serve to protect wetland ecosystems in the Western Boreal Forest. Results to date include the construction of five monitored wetland-crossing sites. A sixth wetland crossing is planned for 2013. 

The SFI 2013 RFP is available online. The deadline for this year's grant applications is Monday, March 18, 2013.

Last night in Toronto, Canopy, a not-for-profit organization, presented its Ancient Forest Friendly Awards to its leading corporate partners that have developed environmentally progressive paper policies to reduce their environmental footprint.

In the category Ancient Forest Friendly Gold, awarded to companies and publications for use of Ancient Forest Friendly paper (a Canopy initiative), the 2012 winners include: Alternatives Journal, ecojot, Now Magazine, Quill & Quire, and Watershed Sentinel.

In the category Conservation Supporter, awarded to Canopy partners for advancing on-the-ground forest conservation, the 2012 winner is The Globe and Mail. TC Media was also awarded for what Canopy describes as continued progress and significant increase in the use of ecopapers between 2011 and 2012.

Canopy’s 2012 award for Best In Class went to: Sprint (in the telecommunications sector), Scholastic Canada (educational publishers), House of Anansi Press (book publishers), TC Transcontinental Printing (printers over 250,000 tonnes), St. Joseph Media and Garden Making (consumer magazines), EarthColor (printers over 25,000 tonnes), Hemlock Printers (printers over 2,500 tonnes), Ecoprint (printers under 2,500 tonnes), and Saul Good Gift (Small Business).

“It’s exciting to see the change this year’s Ancient Forest Friendly Award winners are spearheading in their industries,” stated Canopy’s Campaign Director Amanda Carr. “These companies are showing their competitors, customers, and advertisers what real sustainability and environmental leadership look like.”

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