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2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners Announced at Annual Meeting

Nov 10, 2014

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Five member companies recognized for exemplary sustainability programs
WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented its 2014 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, Ariz.
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. This year, five companies were chosen to receive seven awards from 26 outstanding submissions across the industry.
“Our members continued to demonstrate targeted innovation and solid commitment in their efforts to further improve the sustainability of their businesses and the industry’s overall sustainability record,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.  “We are proud to honor this year’s award-winning companies and hope their projects will inspire continued sustainability innovation throughout the industry.”
2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners
Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Domtar: Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project
Leadership in Sustainability – Paper Recovery for Recycling
NewPage Corporation: NewPage Duluth Mill Recycling Recovery Program
Leadership in Sustainability – Safety
Expera Specialty Solutions: Nicolet Mill – Care Enough to Act
Leadership in Sustainability – Sustainable Forest Management
Evergreen Packaging: Certified Success – Evergreen Forest Certification
RockTenn: Internal Fiber Supply Chain Certification
Leadership in Sustainability – Water
NewPage Corporation: NewPage Escanaba Mill Water Reduction Initiative
Innovation in Sustainability
Domtar: BioChoice Lignin
AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two sustainability award 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’s 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.  
For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative, visit

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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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper