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Sustainable Furnishings Council Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Retailer, editor and outdoor furniture manufacturer join SFC as the non-profit

prepares for launch of new initiative, “What’s It Made Of?”

Edenton, NC — The Sustainable Furnishings Council, the leading advocate for the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and sale of residential furnishings, welcomes three new appointees to its Board of Directors.

Bringing far-reaching expertise and deep commitment to environmental causes, the new members of the board, who begin their three-year term this year, are: Rene DeKok, President and CEO of ScanCom, a Vietnam-based manufacturer of outdoor furnishings; Erika Heet, Editor-in-Chief of Interiors magazine; and Matt Huber, Vice President and Marketing Director of Belfort Furniture.

"I am excited to have Rene, Erika and Matt as the newest members of the SFC Board of directors as we begin our second decade of service to the industry,” says SFC Board President Steve Freeman. “Their knowledge, commitment and excitement about our cause will certainly help us achieve our goals going forward."

New appointees are working alongside returning Board members: Steve Freeman, Room & Board; Peggy Burns, Circle Furniture; Gat Caperton, Gat Creek; Kathryn Richardson, Libeco; Mitchell Gold, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Amy Smith, World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest & Trade Network; Warren Clark, Home Trends & Design; Albert Gore, SolarCity; and Jillian Pritchard Cooke, Wellness Within Your Walls. 

Key SFC initiatives for 2017 will include the "What's it made of?" Initiative, which was announced at the organization's TENth Anniversary Celebration last October and will launch officially in March. The organization continues to focus on helping furnishings companies reduce their environmental footprint, and helping shoppers find sustainably manufactured furnishings.

The SFC staff will expand in 2017 to include a new member services manager, who will ensure member companies are vetted and served with a suite of membership benefits. Educational programming at industry events and online will be robust and substantive.  Programs such as the popular GREENleaders certificate course and the new #GetYourGreenOn interior design competition continue to educate businesses about what’s cutting-edge in the arena of sustainability, provide useful strategies for creating a healthy home, and teach businesses how to be successful in a low-carbon economy.

The SFC Executive Committee, whose members also serve on the Board of Directors, is comprised of Steve Freeman, President; Peggy Burns, Vice-President; Gat Caperton, Treasurer; and Kathryn Richardson, Secretary; and Susan Inglis is SFC Executive Director.