Monday, Oct 21, 2019
Sustainability Matters: Using PLT to Communicate the Science and Value of Sustainable Forestry 12:00 – 4:30PM
Do you find it challenging to explain the benefits related to managed forests and your commitment to sustainability to friends and colleagues? Then this workshop is for you! Go beyond words and strengthen your outreach and education efforts using Project Learning Tree (PLT). In this workshop, you’ll experience some of PLT’s outdoor, hands-on activities you can easily use to teach adults and youth HOW to think, not WHAT to think about sustainable forestry, natural resources management, and the environment. All participants will receive PLT’s Environmental Education Activity Guide complete with 96 activities to help you bring to life the science behind sustainable forest management. Applicable for youth and adult audiences in both educational, field-tour, or business settings, the guide includes activities focused on forest product certification, tree lifecycles, benefits of renewable resources, wildlife, and more! To learn more, contact Rachel Lang
Risk-Based Approaches to Identifying and Managing Sustainability Risks in Sensitive Forests in the US DISCUSSION: 1:00 – 6:00PM
The forest sector, and its activities to produce wood fiber for a variety of uses, is required to demonstrate sustainability along the global supply chain. Today’s markets increasingly demand sustainable products, amplifying the need to assess and mitigate risks to the environment: climate, biodiversity, soil fertility, water quality, and more. This demand provides both opportunities and additional complexities for the forest sector. Join us for an engaging discussion on the development of processes, resources, and tools to define, identify, assess, and mitigate these risks. This discussion will also inform about the sustainable forest management practices that can sustain sensitive forest ecosystems.
The American Forest Foundation, Enviva, and the Sustainable Biomass Program are sponsoring a two half-day event which will include a workshop featuring presentations and in-depth discussions on Monday afternoon, October 21, and a tour to visit working forests in the region on Tuesday morning, October 22. We will conclude in time to attend the opening plenary of the 2019 SFI Annual Conference.
Attendees will include industry, trade and export representatives, forest and biomass certification auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, academics, and anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in the US. To learn more and reserve your seat please email Elizabeth Woodworth.
Day One – Discussion
- Simon Armstrong, Chief Technical Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program
- Inge Stupak, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
- Jason Killam, Chief Forester at J.D. Irving, Limited
- Sarah Crow, Senior Director, Sustainability Solutions, American Forest Foundation
- Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva LP
- John B. Auel, Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University
- Steve Koehn, Director of Cooperative Forestry, USDA Forest Service
Day Two – Field Tour
- Barry Graden, Director – SFI Forest Partners, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
- Don Grant, Manager, Sustainability Standards, Enviva LP
- Dean Cumbia, Forest Management Chief, VA Department of Forestry
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019
Risk-Based Approaches to Identifying and Managing Sustainability Risks in Sensitive Forests in the US FIELD TOUR: 7:00AM – 1:00PM
The forest sector, and its activities to produce wood fiber for a great variety of uses, is required to demonstrate sustainability along the global supply chain. Today’s markets increasingly demand sustainable products, amplifying the need to assess and mitigate risks to the environment: climate, biodiversity, soil fertility, water quality, and more. This demand provides both opportunities and additional complexities for the forest sector. Join us for an engaging discussion on the development of processes, resources, and tools to define, identify, assess, and mitigate these risks. This discussion will also inform about the sustainable forest management practices that can sustain sensitive forest ecosystems.
The American Forest Foundation, Enviva, and the Sustainable Biomass Program are sponsoring a two half-day event which will include a workshop featuring presentations and in-depth discussions on Monday afternoon, October 21, and a tour to visit working forests in the region on Tuesday morning, October 22. We will conclude in time to attend the opening plenary of the 2019 SFI Annual Conference. Attendees will include industry, trade and export representatives, forest and biomass certification auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, academics, and anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in the US.
Final agenda and speakers are coming soon. To learn more and reserve your seat, please email Elizabeth Woodworth.
Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Did you know that by 2030, the number of jobs in the green sector is expected to increase to 60 million new and available green jobs? Are you eager to help prepare young people to fill those positions? Then, Project Learning Tree’s new Green Job unit is for you! Inspire the young people in your life to choose a green career. Simply put, a green job is one that supports or restores the environment, and thus contributes to a more sustainable world. In this session, participants will become acquainted PLT’s new Green Job unit and learn how to engage and prepare young professionals towards green career opportunities. To learn more, contact Rachel Lang.
SFI Implementation Committee General Session 10:15AM – 12:15PM
SIC members are invited to participate in a dialogue about SFI’s new strategic direction and the input received through surveys about the SICs this summer related to logger training, SIC priorities, and other topics. The session will also feature discussions about SFI’s community grants program and provide an opportunity for regional breakout sessions.
Student/Mentor Meet & Greet 12:30PM – 1:00PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks 1:30PM – 2:15PM
Join us as we open up the 2019 SFI Annual Conference, recognizing partners with the SFI Network from the local area that help us achieve our goal of a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests. Come learn how, by working together, we can create opportunities that benefit forests and the people that depend on them.
- Kathy Abusow: President and CEO, SFI Inc.
- Bettina Ring, VA Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and SFI Board Member
- Chief Anne Richardson, Rappahanock Tribe
Advancing Sustainability Through Forest-Focused Collaborations 2:15PM – 3:00PM
SFI envisions a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests. We believe that forests and forest products are an important part of the solution for many of the sustainability challenges currently facing the planet including climate change, clean water, circular economies and ocean plastics, rural economic development, green jobs, and more educational opportunities for youth. This session will focus on how SFI plans to facilitate solutions for these global challenges and why collaborations with SFI Program Participants and other conservation, community and education partners are so important to our success.
- Kathy Abusow: President and CEO, SFI Inc.
- Guy Gleysteen, Chair, GreenBlue and SFI Board chairman
Networking Break and Exhibition 3:00PM – 3:30PM
Green Ride for Green Jobs 3:30PM – 4:00PM
Biking across Canada is no easy feat – let alone doing it on a wooden bike! Zac Wagman, PLT Canada’s Green Jobs Manager, spent over 8,700 km and five months on a bike visiting youth across Canada working in Green Jobs as part of PLT Canada’s Green Ride for Green Jobs. Hear about his adventure and from youth he met along the way, sharing their experiences and advice for engaging more youth in exploring green career pathways.
- Jess Kaknevicius: VP, Community Engagement, SFI Inc.
- Zac Wagman: Manager, GreenJobs
- Youth Representatives, PLT Canada Green Jobs
Growing Our Future Green Leaders 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Growing an educated and passionate workforce requires engaged learning and work experiences. Whether in the remote wilderness, the urban forest, or in your backyard, experiences outdoors can instill a passion leading to a lifelong career pathway. This session will talk with leading partners who are engaging diverse audiences inspiring their love of nature, shaping the future workforce, and building a pathway to their green career.
- Melina Bellows: Chief Education Officer, SFI Inc.
- Ebonie Alexander: Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust and SFI Board Member
- Terry Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Society of American Foresters
- Tinelle Bustam, Director (acting), Conservation Education, US Forest Service, State and Private Forestry
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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
Circular Economy and the Forest Solution 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Hear how sustainably managed forests and forest-based products play a role in the circular economy, and provide a solution to global sustainability challenges. Learn how WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group is advancing renewable materials for the bio-economy and ensuring a thriving forest sector that sustains healthy productive forests & people’s well-being. And hear from
Jim Porter, a forester, a private landowner, and president of a multi-national company, and his perspectives on forest management, responsible procurement and product innovation.
- Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.
- Jim Porter, President, Business Development and Latin America, WestRock
- Luis Rocharte, Director, Forest Solutions Group, World Business Council on Sustainable Development
Paper to the Rescue: Opportunities for Fighting the Ocean Plastic Crisis 10:00AM – 10:30AM
Suzanne Shelton, a well-known sustainability leader, will discuss her research on the public perceptions of ocean plastics, and share ideas about how the forest sector can position itself as a solution provider to this emerging topic. Suzanne will also build on the research her team developed for SFI, to highlight how brands want meaningful partnerships with organizations that can help them with a business case – and a cause.
- Suzanne Shelton, Principal, The Shelton Group
Networking Break and Exhibition 10:30AM – 11:00AM
A CEO’s Perspective on Opportunities in the Forest Sector and Securing Our Climate Future 11:00AM – 11:15AM
Drax CEO Will Gardiner will discuss how his energy company is meeting the dual challenge of regulatory and marketplace demands using sustainably sourced forest biomass. Hear about Drax’s recent activities to move towards negative carbon emissions and to develop verifiable metrics on meeting its sustainability commitments.
- Will Gardiner, CEO, Drax
Flash Talk with Matthew Sleeth 11:15AM – 11:30AM
A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving a patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to share his perspectives on faith and the environment. Dr. Sleeth will share insights from his latest book “Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us”.
Keynote Speaker TBC 11:30AM – 12:30PM
The Sky’s the Limit with Innovative Wood Buildings 1:30PM – 2:30PM
The construction industry produces approximately 40 percent of global carbon emissions. Cities grapple with reducing CO2 emissions, while at the same time population projections soar. Learn how mass timber construction, and using certified wood-based building materials address climate change, biodiversity, conservation and ensures supply chain assurance and provides risk mitigation.
- Annie Perkins, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, SFI Inc.
- Taryn Holowka, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, U.S. Green Building Council
- Casey Malmquist, President and General Manager, SmartLam
- Mark Thomson, Architect — Director, Eco Effective Solutions and Board member, Responsible Wood Australia
Networking Break and Exhibition 2:30PM – 3:00PM
CONCURRENT SESSION #1: SFI Standard Revision Workshop 3:00PM – 5:00PM
SFI revises and updates the SFI Standards to incorporate the latest scientific information, respond to emerging issues as well as other initiatives under development. SFI will kick of the SFI Standard revision process on October 23 with a 2-hour facilitated standard review workshop. Everyone is invited to participate and attendees will discuss key topics and issues such as climate change/carbon, water quantity, biodiversity/species at risk, mitigating risk in the supply chain, and the role of technology benefitting supply chains.
CONCURRENT SESSION #2: Where Can You Grow: Developing Your Green Career 3:00PM – 5:00PM
This two-part professional development workshop will provide perspectives
and tools to help grow your career. We will explore stories of challenge and opportunity through an interactive panel discussion across five generations of natural resource leaders. Whether you are a seasoned professional or working on your undergraduate degree, you will find this workshop insightful and fun.
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
A Conservation Conversation – Scaling SFI Conservation Outcomes in Managed Forest Landscapes 9:00AM – 9:40AM
In large landscapes where forests and other land-uses exist side by side, land managers are challenged to optimize conservation outcomes in a complicated environment. This session, offered as a discussion with thought leaders, will explore case studies from a variety of perspectives.
How can science guide conservation actions across multiple land uses and ownerships? What assurances can be provided? Join our panelists as they explore SFI’s engagement and opportunities for future leadership in landscape conservation.
- Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer, SFI Inc.
- Amanda Bassow, Director, NE Regional Office, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
- Brian Kernohan, Chair, SFI Resources Committee and Chief Sustainability Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group
SFI Standard’s Contribution to Conservation Outcomes 9:40AM – 10:30AM
As SFI’s North American footprint expands, the conservation benefits of improved management
of biodiversity, carbon and water resources continue to accrue. This session will explore recent collaborative projects linking SFI Standards to conservation outcomes on working forests in various parts of the continental US, and at various scales, and will discuss the continued role of data collection to tell the story of sustainable forest management.
- Darren Sleep, Senior Director, Conservation Strategies, SFI Inc.
- Rob Farrell, State Forester, Commonwealth of Virginia
- Dr. Chad Bolding, Associate Professor, Forest Operations/Engineering, Virginia Tech
- Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist, NatureServe
- Ara Erickson, Director Corporate Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
Networking Break and Exhibition 10:30AM – 11:00AM
Rethinking Our Carbon Future: The Climate Change Conversation – Linking Supply Chain Drivers to Achieve Forest Resiliency and Carbon Goals 11:00AM – 11:45AM
While today few forests are managed specifically for the purpose of sequestering carbon, it is more evident every day that the role managed forests play in addressing climate change is a critical one – they are fundamental to successfully rethinking our carbon future. Equally fundamental will be the role the sector plays in engaging the public and decision-makers in a powerful conversation to shape that future. By creating linkages between certification and supply chain drivers, sustainably managed forests present a powerful tool for addressing climate change – but to capture that potential we need to be deliberate and intentional about our story. This panel will explore the ways in which well-managed forests contribute to climate goals, the specific role of SFI standards in promoting “Climate Smart Forestry”, and the current challenges and opportunities inherent in the public conversation about forests, carbon, certification and climate change.
- Will Novy Hildesley, Executive Director, #forestproud, powered by the North American Forest Partnership
- Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests
- Lauren Cooper, Forest Carbon and Climate Program Director, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
Closing Remarks 11:45AM – 12:00PM
- Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.
Conservation Impact Workshop: Seeking Transparency in Practice – Results That Speak to the Marketplace 1:00PM – 5:00PM
SFI’s Conservation Impact projects are developing metrics that illustrate conservation values resulting from sustainable forest management. This work benefits landowners and conservationists interested in understanding values today and ensuring continual improvement in the future. Conservation Impact results should also fill data gaps relative to market driven sustainability goals. Increasingly, brands are examining their supply chains to understand the positive impacts and negative costs of conducting their business. Often, brands pursue ambitious goals relative to conservation values in line with global sustainability targets, such as SDGs. This interactive workshop will examine market trends and sustainability goals, explore brandowner data needs, and review current Conservation Impact results and methods to maximize value to forest managers, customers, and to conservation. To learn more, contact Rocco Saracina.
Workshops and Side Events
SFI is pleased to collaborate with partner organizations to create side events or workshops that enhance the SFI community’s knowledge in key issue areas. If you are interested in coordinating a side event/workshop at the 2020 SFI Annual Conference, please contact Amy Doty at 202-596-3458 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue to check back later for events that you may be interested in participating in.