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Best Practice Achievements
2017: Northwest Hardwoods is focused on reducing energy consumption, especially at our sawmills and other production facilities. Senior management is aware there is "considerable energy to be saved", and supports a program to "intelligently make changes to gradually reduce our energy demand."A manufacturing supervisor and an energy consultant have been tasked with coordinating the effort across the business. Each mill will create a 3-4 person "Energy Team" to conduct energy audits.Assistance from utility experts and others will be used as needed.
Reduce energy consumption in: lighting, boilers, motors, and at "peak" demand times are targets. A goal of reducing overall energy consumption by 15% has been established.
Raising awareness among employees is an additional goal. Employees are encouraged to contribute energy saving ideas at work as well as use same energy saving mentality at home.
2017: We are working to buy as much "certified"log volume (our primary raw material) as we can in North America. That means logs certified the AFTS, SFI,PEFC and FSC standards. We support these certification programs and want to source as much of our raw material as possible from companies and landowners that support them.
2017: For Northwest Hardwoods, the center of the "sustainability cause" is the sustainable harvest of the US hardwood forests. An extension of that is the promoting and educating people in the US and around the world facts about the health of our hardwood forest . To those ends, our lead foresters in each of the US growing regions where we have production (West, Northern/Glacial and Appalachian} will be actively involved in their state Forestry Associations. Many will be board members. The state forestry associations actively support the American Tree Farm System and its 3rd certification system as well as the American Forest Foundation. https://www.tr eefarms ys tem.or g/cert ification·ameri ca n·t:ree·far m·svstem htt ps://www.fores tfoundation.org/a m,eri can·tree·farm·svstem
Some of our foresters will also be involved in Project Learning Tree® (PLT) https:lfwww. plt .org/ab out-us/ - a national non-profit program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative - with the following vision statement:
''PLT is committed to creating a future where the next generation values the natural world and has the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests and the broader environment."