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How Partnerships Can Drive Sustainable Development in Organizations

Laura Thompson, PhD, Director of Sustainability and Policy Initiatives, Sappi North America
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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to moderate a Facebook Live panel during the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) Conference at Duke University.

New Product Category Rule Developed for Roundwood and Pulp/Paper

SCS and Environmental Paper Network Developed New PCR for Wood and Paper
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ – An innovative Product Category Rule (PCR) specifying rules for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) focused on wood and paper has been developed by the North American Environmental Paper Network (EPN), an independent not-for-profit coalition with diverse expertise in forest and paper sustainability issues, and SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental certification, auditing and standards development.

Ideas that Matter 2016 | The Pain Project: Creating Tools for Shared Decision-Making

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Another winner of this year’s Ideas that Matter grant is The Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi) at the University of California, Davis. They worked with Hill Country Health and Wellness to create a 5-component toolkit that will improve patient/provider communication about chronic pain treatment options by empowering a shared decision-making process.

Ideas the Matter 2016 | The Growing Girls Project

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Our Ideas that Matter program is meant to inspire change and drive social good through print. The graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) is helping to lay the foundation for a lifetime of sexual and reproductive health by supporting young girls in Baltimore with innovative puberty educational tools through The Growing Girls Project, which is supported by the Johns Hopkins University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Ideas That Matter 2016 | SOLA Case Statement and Website

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Design studio, The Blank Page, is helping SOLA, School of Leadership, Afghanistan to change lives through our Ideas that Matter grant. They will be creating a printed case statement and redesigned website that will feature the work of illustrators depicting life at SOLA—where girls in Afghanistan can receive quality education in a safe and healthy environment.

Sappi North America Announces Recipients of the 17th Ideas that Matter Grant

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BOSTON, September 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced the eight grant recipients of its 17th annual Ideas that Matter program, where financial support is given to designer applicants who create and implement print projects for social impact.

Sappi and Its Communities – How We Get Involved

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We take great pride in the local footprint we have created in the communities in which we operate. Sappi’s history within North America dates back to the 1850s, and it’s no surprise our civic involvement has also been active from the very beginning. Strong collaboration between Sappi and local institutions, organizations and partners reflects Sappi’s commitment to support the community. In turn, the community is able to fulfill more needs in areas such as research and education, creating a positive cycle of mutual benefits.

Sappi’s Key Performance Indicators: Reducing Energy Consumption

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After achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2013, we shifted the focus of our improvement work to energy intensity, or the total energy consumed to create a set unit of product. Analysis of our energy use employs a calculation method also used by the Department of Energy and the AF&PA. In this method, energy consumption from purchased electricity is calculated in terms of fuel inputs to account for different fuel efficiencies during power generation and efficiency losses in power transmission.

How Sappi Assesses Its Success

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Our pulp and paper products are derived from renewable resources, made with high levels of renewable energy, and are designed to be re-used or recycled. While it is difficult to imagine a more sustainable industry than forest products, not all paper companies perform equally when it comes to operating safely and sustainably. We track our progress annually, and the following pages provide readers an updated view of our performance in important areas of environmental and social responsibility.

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