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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, October 7, 2007

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This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service. NOTE:In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information, go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this newsletter for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
News: Catalyst Paper, Doubletree Hotel win Metafore Innovation Awards; Eco Wal-Mart costs marketers green; Philips vows to double green product revenue, cut energy use; State of the paper industry sees 'Green Wave' changes coming quickly; Battle of forest certification standards rages; International Paper heads to Siberia; Introduction to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products; Quebec introduces carbon tax, Canada CEOs urge more; Eco-friendly supplies take root in nation's classrooms; Biomass - growing renewable energy; Rainforest tribe establishes massive sustainable-use reserve; Western Forest Products plans to sell prime Vancouver Island property. Press Releases: You Can Buy Virgin Paper and Help Protect The World's Forests; Weyerhaeuser Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America


 
 
In Focus
For businesspeople focused on evaluating, selecting and
manufacturing environmentally preferable products, Metafore
is a source of tools, information and innovative thinking.
 
October 07, 2007, Issue 175
 
 
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Catalyst Paper, Doubletree Hotel win Metafore Innovation Awards
From GreenBiz: Catalyst was given the award for its work on developing a carbon-neutral paper product for magazine publishing, and Doubletree's Portland, Ore., hotel and meeting center was recognized for its extensive carbon reduction programs.
 
The awards are given to companies that are leading the way with new ideas for reducing or offsetting climate change through new methods and processes by Metafore, an environmental consulting and certification organization based in Portland, Ore. The group announced the winners were announced at the Corporate Climate Response Conference in Chicago last week.
 
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Eco Wal-Mart costs marketers green
From Advertising Age: For Wal-Mart stores, green marketing isn't just about the color of trees and grass -- it's also about the color of money.
 
The retailer's heralded sustainability initiative, labeled a "win-win-win" for the companies, the environment and consumers, is turning into less of a victory lap than expected for brand marketers. For example, the push could cost Procter & Gamble Co. $200 million alone by one estimate.
 
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Philips vows to double green product revenue, cut energy use
From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: Within five years, Royal Philips Electronics plans to double the amount of revenue generated from the sale of its green products.

That means green product sales would account for nearly a third of the company's revenue as Philips seeks to take advantage of the growing demand for green products. The announcement is part of a larger EcoVision program that aims to reduce product and facility energy consumption.

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State of the paper industry sees 'Green Wave' changes coming quickly
From GreenBiz: The new report, released by the Environmental Paper Network, examines how the paper is made today in the face of growing environmental awareness in the U.S., and calls for major changes across the industry to reduce impact and increase sustainability.

The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is a coalition of environmental organizations seeking socially and environmentally sustainable transformations within the pulp and paper industry. The group's "State of the Paper Industry" report has been billed as the first to comprehensively address how the industry sources its materials, addresses supply chain issues, deals with end-of-life for its products, and its impacts on communities and the climate.

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Battle of forest certification standards rages
From The Gazette: A report that describes the Forest Stewardship Council as the gold standard in certification for sustainable forestry practice could add fuel to a controversy pitting forestry companies and environmentalists.

The report, done by Montreal's EEM Inc. comes on the heels of a series of protests by Greenpeace against forestry companies and firms that use forest products in a bid to promote FSC certification.

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International Paper heads to Siberia
From Market Watch: Vast and largely desolate Siberia is home to one of the world's largest stands of untouched timber, full of red pine and larch coveted by the pulp and paper industry.
 
These remote northern Russian woods are also right next door to China, where demand for paper and consumer packaging for the country's booming middle class has far outstripped supply.
 
Closing the gap between the two is exactly where International Paper Corp. wants to be, positioning itself in Asia, where paper and board production is expected to surpass output in the languishing North American market by 2015.
 
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Introduction to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products
From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts for the forests where they are harvested, the communities supported by wood-using industries, and the places where those products are purchased and used.

The information in this joint WRI/WBCSD publication is organized around ten key issues, posed as "essential questions" that procurement managers might address related to the sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products.

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Quebec introduces carbon tax, Canada CEOs urge more
From Reuters: Quebec province slapped the country's first carbon tax on energy firms on Monday, as Canadian business leaders urged "environmental taxation" to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions.
 
The tax, proposed more than a year ago, is expected to raise C$200 million ($202 million) a year to fund the province's plans to reduce emissions.
 
It includes a per-liter levy of 0.8 Canadian cents for gasoline, 0.9 Canadian cent for diesel fuel, 0.96 Canadian cent for light heating oil, and C$8 a tonne for coal.
 
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Eco-friendly supplies take root in nation's classrooms
From The Wall Street Journal: The list of green offerings today includes recycled printer paper, biodegradable pens, recycled binders and sticky notes, notebook paper made from salvaged banana leaves, and pencils cut from wood harvested in a sustainable way.
 
This summer, Office Depot Inc. (ODP) became the exclusive seller of a solar backpack that can recharge a laptop and handheld devices. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is selling area rugs for college dorms made from old T-shirts.
 
Not long ago consumers seeking out environmentally friendly products went to eco-friendly and grassroots Web sites. Today, a search for recycled products on Amazon.com Inc.'s (AMZN) office products channel turns up over 7,000 items.
 
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Biomass - growing renewable energy
From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development: As the world expands its reliance on renewable energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to shore up available sources of energy supply, various forms of renewable energy are being examined. This article is the first of a two-part series on renewable energy - focusing on biomass, its advantages and disadvantages. A future GLOBE-Net article will examine wind energy from a similar perspective.
 
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Rainforest tribe establishes massive sustainable-use reserve
From Mongabay: An indigenous group in Guyana has established one of the world's largest sustainable forest reserves, reports Conservation International.
 
The Wai Wai, a forest-dwelling people who received title to 625,000 hectares (1.54 million acres) of land in 2004, will build a "conservation economy" based on principals of sustainable use. With assistance from conservation scientists, the Wai Wai will seek to develop ecotourism and expand their traditional craft business.
 
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Western Forest Products plans to sell prime Vancouver Island property
From Journal of Commerce: Western Forest Products has announced it will sell off more than 1,800 hectares of its Vancouver Island holdings, including waterfront property on the west coast, about 70 kilometres west of Victoria.
 
Kerr said that following an evaluation of its Vancouver Island holdings, the decision was made to sell because the land was better suited for development than for tree farming.
 
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Press Releases:
 
You Can Buy Virgin Paper and Help Protect The World's Forests
You can buy virgin paper and still support responsible forest management. That's the takeaway from Neenah Paper's latest environmental certification.
 
The company's flagship STARWHITE Brand is now the first paper in North America to meet the requirements for labeling as FSC Pure. The FSC Pure label means the paper is made only with virgin fiber that comes from a forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
 
STARWHITE, known for its "Whites for All Occasions," is also now 100 percent Green-e certified and Carbon Neutral.
 
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Weyerhaeuser Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America
Weyerhaeuser is the only North American forest products company in the industry category of basic materials to be named.
 
The annual review of the DJSI is based on a thorough assessment of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, covering issues such as corporate governance, risk management, labor practices, climate change, supply chain standards, labor practices and branding. The DJSI results are available to asset managers around the world for a variety of sustainability-driven investment portfolios.
 
The Indexes are credible indicators about how sustainability is being defined and practiced in the global marketplace. Earning a place on the DJSI signals to investors and other stakeholders a company's financial, environmental and social strength.
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  This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
 
NOTE:In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information, go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this newsletter for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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