Because sustainability demands a broad perspective, we’ve included a few relevant external resources below.
Collaborative Effort Results in the Development of Best Practices to Increase Textbook Recycling. National Wildlife Federation, McGraw-Hill and NewPage Corporation entered into a collaborative project to study textbook recycling in the United States, pilot a recycling project, and develop best practices to increase textbook recycling. The full report, "A Research Study on Textbook Recycling in America: Recommendations for Proper Disposal and Repurposing at the End of a Textbook’s Useful Life," is available at www.nwf.org/textbookrecycling. Click here to view the news release issued by the National Wildlife Federation on January 8, 2013.
- American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) Certification – A program of the American Forest Foundation, the ATFS is committed to sustaining forests, watersheds and healthy habitats of smaller private landowners. ATFS has certified more than 90,000 family forest owners and 24 million acres of privately owned forestland in 46 states.
- Forest Stewardship Council™(FSC®) – The FSC is a non-profit organization that encourages the responsible management of the world’s forests. Its high standards ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally and socially responsible way. This independent, third party certification organization assesses forest management and verifies the entire chain-of-custody.
- Master Logger Certification (MLC) – The requirements for this certification vary by state and support the use of Best Management Practices to reduce soil erosion and improve timber harvesting activities. It trains loggers in efficient timber cutting methods and safe logging practices. Each logger participates in advanced training and periodic recertification training.
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – The PEFC is an international, independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. Members and schemes include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and American Tree Farm System® in the US, the Canadian Standards Association® in Canada and numerous organizations in Europe, South America and Australia.
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) – The SFI is a leading forest certification program governed by a multi-stakeholder board of directors, including conservationists, scientists, public officials and landowners. SFI has developed a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance standards designed to support sustainable forestry practices and ensure long-term productivity. It works to conserve soil, air and water, wildlife and fish habitat and forest aesthetics.
Case Studies from Third-Party Sources
Source: The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Source: Awareness Into Action
Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Source: US Forest Service
Source: The Guardian
Source: National Geographic