Thank you to all who joined SFI’s E-Summit, Growing Solutions, where we shared ideas about how sustainably managed forests, and products sourced from those forests, are great tools in moving towards shared sustainability goals.

This year, SFI hosted a one-day E-Summit on October 22 to bring our network together and engaged around the work SFI is doing across its 4 pillars to achieve our mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaborations.

Read our summary blog on the E-Summit here.

Continuing Education Credits

SFI’s E-Summit agenda was approved for continuing education credits/units from the Society of American Foresters (SAF), Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), and The Wildlife Society (TWS) for individuals participating in the entire E-Summit.

  • 3.50 hours of SAF CFE credits in Category 1. If you are seeking SAF credits, please provide your member # during the registration process.  SFI will provide attendees with a certificate and submit attendance records to SAF upon completion of the event.
  • 3.75 hours of CIF continuing education credits, for all day participation.  For CIF credits, individuals will self-report their attendance to CIF directly upon completion of the event. Learn more at: www.cif-ifc.org/continuing-education-credits/.
  • 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program provided by TWS. Participants simply list these CEUs on your Renewal or Professional Development Certificate application.

If you participated in the E-Summit and would like the documentation for the CECs, please contact us at info@forests.org.

OPENING REMARKS

10:00-10:20 AM ET
Providing Better Choices for the Planet

SFI has been a leader in sustainable forest management through our standards for 25 years. But in recent years SFI has built on its successes and evolved into a solutions oriented sustainability organization. Learn about our evolution and how our network, expertise and scale is engaging the next generation of forest and conservation leaders so that SFI will continue to increase our impact for the next 25 years.

Kathy Abusow

President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

REACHING NEW CUSTOMERS

Session 1: 10:20-10:45 AM ET

Learn more about recent consumer research that shows significant preference in the market for SFI on-product labels, compared to either no label or competitor labels. Preview some tools to engage new audiences on how SFI is advancing shared global goals such as climate action, reduced waste, conservation of biodiversity, education of future generations, and sustainable economic development.

Bruce Anderson

Partner, Spark Advocacy
Chairman, Abacus Data

STANDARDS REVISION AND THE IMPACT OF LABEL STATEMENTS

Session 2: 11:00 – 11:45 AM ET

SFI standards have become the fastest growing, most highly trusted solution that can support a growing need for products from the forest. SFI’s role in the supply chain ensures that properly managed forests will continue to play a crucial role in keeping the planet healthy. Get insights about how consumers are viewing key global issues and how certification labels and key messages resonate. In addition, SFI staff will provide an update on the revisions to the SFI Standards and discuss key topics that are under revision such as forest conservation, climate smart forestry, and logger training.

Jason Metnick

Senior Vice President
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Suzanne Shelton

President and CEO
Shelton Group

CONSERVATION IMPACT —
COLLABORATING ON CLIMATE CHANGE, BIODIVERSITY, AND WATER QUALITY

Session 3: 1:00 – 1:45 PM ET

SFI’s conservation work helps ensure science-based evolution of the SFI Standards thereby improving conservation outcomes across the SFI landscape. Gain new perspectives on SFI’s Conservation Impact projects and how collaborations with universities and ENGOs, are helping SFI and partners develop information and tools that will illustrate the outcomes of SFI’s work in the areas of climate change, water quality and biodiversity. Findings from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) will illustrate some specific contributions of SFI certified lands to bird species at risk. We’ll also share key findings in an effort to align the SFI Standards and conservation leadership, with examples to illustrate how our scale and breadth are leveraged to advance conservation.

Paul Trianosky

Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Mike Parr

President, American Bird Conservancy, and
SFI Board Member

HOW FOREST SECTOR PROFESSIONALS CAN SUPPORT FOREST LITERACY FOR YOUTH

Session 4: 2:00 – 2:45 PM ET

SFI’s education work, led by our flagship program Project Learning Tree, guides our commitment to raising the next generation of sustainability and conservation leaders. SFI and numerous forest sector stakeholders believe scaling PLT is an important component for SFI’s future growth. With numerous tools in the pipeline, PLT features new resources to teach youth audiences about our forests. An uptick in demand for PLT tools during Covid-19 have reinforced the market need for activities that get kids outside and learning about the natural world. Several key funders will discuss how they have benefited from PLT.

Esther Cowles

VP, Education
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Amy Grow

Manager of Community Engagement
International Paper

Laura Six

Plant Ecologist,
Weyerhaeuser

Tinelle Bustam

Director, Conservation Education
US Forest Service

Terry Baker

CEO
Society of American Foresters

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FOREST AND CONSERVATION LEADERS

Session 5: 3:00 – 3:45 PM ET

We all have a role to play in growing future forest and conservation leaders. Young leaders require inspiration and resources to set, pursue and achieve their individual green career goals. Because not everyone has access to role models or understands the opportunities that are available in the forest and conservation sector, Project Learning Tree Canada provides a variety of resources that help youth and employers alike build a diverse and sustainable workforce for the future. Learn more about PLT Canada’s various youth- and employer-focused initiatives, including our Green Jobs placement program, “Day in the Life” Webinar Series, Green Jobs Ambassador program, Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals, and #MyGreenMentor program. Understand how your organization can access PLT Canada’s programs and contribute to growing the workforce of the future.

Tara Topping

Manager, Career Education
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Catherine Langille

Indigenous Youth Opportunities Intern, PLT Canada

Paul Robitaille

Director, Indigenous and Youth Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Dawn Carr

Executive Director, Canadian Parks Council, and
SFI & PLT Canada Board Member