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New Rainforest Alliance Headquarters in New York City Achieves FSC® Partial Project Certification

First building in the region to achieve FSC Partial Project certification

The Rainforest Alliance’s new headquarters in New York City, located in the historic Woolworth Building, has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (Project certification in March of 2013, making it the first building in the region to achieve this distinction. FSC Project certification verifies use of FSC-certified and/or post-consumer reclaimed input materials in a project.

“At the Rainforest Alliance, we have long supported the responsible management of forests,” said Dave Bubser, US region manager of RA-Cert at the Rainforest Alliance. “Achieving FSC project certification for our new New York City headquarters is testament to this, and demonstrates how building materials connect with forests worldwide.”

The Rainforest Alliance headquarters obtained partial certification in March of 2013, with the scope of the certification encompassing wooden floors, plywood in workstations, desks with organizers and restroom benches and tables. Most materials for the office renovation were purchased from Rainforest Alliance certificate holders including Columbia Forest Products, Atlantic Plywood and Jensen Leisure Furniture.

“Having our FSC-Certified PureBond® panels featured in the Rainforest Alliance’s offices and the iconic Woolworth Building they reside within is a remarkable milestone for our firm,” said Brad Thompson, president and CEO of Columbia Forest Products. “As the first North American hardwood plywood and veneer producer to enlist with the Rainforest Alliance for FSC certification services in 1998, Columbia’s employee owners congratulate the Rainforest Alliance for its unmistakable contribution to sustainable forests, agriculture and tourism.”

The FSC is widely considered the leading global standard-setter for responsible forest management. FSC project certification is applicable to new building or renovation projects, or one-off production of a specific item. For more information, see the project certification standard.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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