AF&PA presents six sustainability awards

AF&PA presents six sustainability awards

Five companies received the awards at the American Forest & Paper Association’s annual meeting.

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November 12, 2018

Pictured from left: Jason Roggenbauer, Clearwater Paper; Malisa Maynard, Clearwater Paper; Seth Kursman, Resolute Forest Products; John Rooney, AF&PA; Donna Harman, AF&PA;
Steve Sangalli, Domtar; Mike Grimm, American Eagle Paper Mills;
Rhea Hale, WestRock; Louis Hengen, WestRock; Steve Voorhees, WestRock

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, presented its 2018 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at its annual meeting on Nov. 9 in Dallas. Five AF&PA member companies received six awards.

“Our members continue to demonstrate their commitment toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals,” says AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman in an association news release. “We are proud to honor the achievements of this year’s award winners and to represent companies that are leaders in sustainability.”

The following are the 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award winners: 

  • Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
    Clearwater Paper: Lewiston Pulp Optimization Project
  • Leadership in Sustainability – Paper Recovery for Recycling
    WestRock Co: Advancing Foodservice Packaging Recycling
  • Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Large Company)
    Resolute Forest Products: Proactive Approach to Workplace Safety
  • Leadership in Sustainability – Safety (Small Company)
    American Eagle Paper Mills: Shifting to a Culture of Safety
  • Leadership in Sustainability – Water
    Domtar: Hawesville Water Conservation Project
  • Innovation in Sustainability
    WestRock Company: TechniFlute

AF&PA’s annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories as a way to recognize exemplary sustainability programs in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the association reports.

According to AF&PA, projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category for the awards. Also, the “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices. In addition, AF&PA’s 2018 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.