2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Announced at Annual Meeting
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2013
Five companies recognized for excellence in sustainability
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Forest &
Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet
2020 Sustainability Awards at the association's annual meeting on Friday, Nov.
1 in Charleston, S.C.
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the
paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the awards are given based on
the merit of entries received across multiple categories. This year, five
companies were chosen to receive six sustainability awards from 23 outstanding
submissions across the industry.
"AF&PA members are continuing to set a high bar for better business
practices," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "The paper and wood
products manufacturing sector's leadership for a better planet is clear by the
innovations of our members. This year's winning projects are representative of
the ingenuity and hard work taking place across the industry, putting us on
the path to achieving the industry's sustainability goals by 2020."
2013 Better Practices, Better Plant 2020 Sustainability Award Winners
Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
KapStone^® Paper and Packaging Corporation's Longview Mill: A One-Year
Snapshot of Longview's Multi-Year Journey
Leadership in Sustainability – Paper Recovery for Recycling
RockTenn: RockTenn & Customer Recycling and Waste Reduction Initiative
Leadership in Sustainability – Safety
Domtar: Hazard Mapping at Ashdown
Leadership in Sustainability – Sustainable Forest Management
Domtar: Four States Timberland Owners Association
Leadership in Sustainability – Water
Georgia-Pacific Brunswick Cellulose Operation: Water Use Reduction
Innovation in Sustainability
Graphic Packaging International: Tite-Pak^® Innovative Beverage Package
AF&PA member company applicants are considered annually in two categories –
"Innovation in Sustainability" and "Leadership in Sustainability" – with five
Leadership subcategories: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy
Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety,
and Water. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better
Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership"
category; projects that merit recognition for their contribution to
sustainable business practices, not specifically addressing one of these
goals, may be recognized in the "Innovation" category.
AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in
2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products
manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward
achieving the goals of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability
initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA's
Better Practices initiative, visit www.afandpa.org/sustainability.
Editor's Note: Click here to retrieve photos (caption included) of the award
The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of
the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood
products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products
essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that
sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for
approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry
companies produce about $200 billion in products annually and employ nearly
900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive,
chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of
approximately $50 billion annually and isamong the top 10 manufacturing
sector employersin 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or
follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.
SOURCE American Forest & Paper Association
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