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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association's (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation Banquet on Thursday, October 2nd. The Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation offers undergraduate academic scholarships to promising students who attend Auburn University and have an interest in a career in the pulp, paper and bio-resource industry.
"Tomorrow's leaders will likely come from programs such as this where students are encouraged to pursue a career in the pulp and paper industry," said Harman. "Pulp and paper manufacturers have a bright future ahead to make products on which people around the world rely. We applaud the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation for their work to attract the best and brightest into our industry."
A renewed and vibrant workforce is key to the sustainability of our industry, and sustainability is something in which we have great commitment. AF&PA's 2014 Sustainability Report showcases the progress AF&PA members have made on the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. Since 2005, our members have made great improvement in areas such as purchased energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emission reduction and decreased water use. To read the full report and to find out more about the sustainable nature of the forest and paper industry, visit afandpa.org/sustainability.
"The paper and wood manufacturing industry is a leader in sustainable business practices, with a commitment to continually improve our products, our processes and our performance through its verifiable and quantifiable Better Practices Better planet sustainability initiative. This make our industry one of the best for a future career," added Harman.
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 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 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.