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2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Announced at Annual Meeting

Nov. 6, 2017 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2017 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.

Six AF&PA member companies received seven awards from 23 outstanding submissions across the industry: www.afandpa.org/sustainabilityawardwinners.

“Our members' award-winning projects demonstrate their ingenuity, drive, and commitment to continued improvement of the sustainability of their operations,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We commend their efforts and support toward meeting the industry's Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals.”

The 2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Front row (l-r): Ryan Lichwell (Seaman Paper Company), Scott Igoe (American Eagle Paper Mills), Sarah Manchester (Sappi North America), Seth Kursman (Resolute Forest Products), Bob Feeser (WestRock Company), Jeremy Poirier (International Paper), Drew McAlpin (WestRock Company). Back row (l-r): Gene Reardon (Seaman Paper Company), Jason Shade (American Eagle Paper Mills), Mike Grimm (American Eagle Paper Mills), Linda Massman (AF&PA Board Chair), Donna Harman (AF&PA President & CEO), Bill Merrigan (WestRock Company), Mark Sutton (International Paper), Chris Keuleman (International Paper), Steve Voorhees (WestRock Company).

2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners

Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Resolute Forest Products: GHG Reduction Program

Leadership in Sustainability – Sustainable Forest Management
International Paper: Certified Forest Management LLC

Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Large Company)
Sappi North America: Over Two Million Hours Worked Without Lost Time Injury

Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Small Company)
Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc.: Raising the Reels for Safety

Leadership in Sustainability – Water (Large Company)
WestRock Company: Covington Mill Power Boiler Ash Handling Systems

Leadership in Sustainability – Water (Small Company)
American Eagle Paper Mills: Project Phoenix

Innovation in Sustainability
WestRock Company: Moving Products the Green Way

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA's annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA releases its sustainability report every other year. The 2016 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. For more information, visit: sustainability.afandpa.org.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at: www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: AF&PA