Washington, D.C. (June, 2006) – The Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) and Forest Products Solutions have announced a call for submissions for the second annual Designing & Building with FSC Award. This annual award recognizes building projects that have furthered responsible forest management through their purchase of FSC-certified wood products.
This award is open to owners, architects, interior designers, general contractors, builders, consultants or other professionals. Projects can be any building type, including commercial, institutional, mixed-use or residential. Submitted projects must have used a significant amount (at least 50 percent) of FSC-certified wood and need to have been completed during or since 2003. Projects will be judged on the use of wood, inclusion of FSC-certified wood, efforts to progress certified forest products market transformation, overall wood design and appropriate wood use.
The award winner will be featured in a profile on the ‘Green Building’ page of the FSC-US Web site and featured in green building related print media. Last year’s award was presented to Goldman Sachs & Co. for its new building at 30 Hudson St. in Jersey City, NJ. All wood products used in the building’s interior were FSC-certified, including millwork, wood trimming, moldings, veneers, steamed sycamore panels in the main lobby, more than 1,600 gym lockers, and an astounding 970 interior doors. Profiles on the winner, and each of last year’s entries, can be found at www.fscus.org.
To learn more about the award and download an application form, please go to the Green Building section of FSC-US’ Web site, www.fscus.org. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. (PST), Friday, September 15, 2006.
The winning project will be announced at the 2006 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (the annual conference of the U.S. Green Building Council) in Denver, CO, November 15-17.
Forest certification enables consumers to make informed choices when selecting wood and other forest products. The Forest Stewardship Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the global and national leader in the independent certification of forests managed to exemplary standards covering environmental, social and economic issues. FSC promotes responsible forest management by evaluating and accrediting certifiers, encouraging the development of national and regional forest management standards, and by providing public education and information about independent, third-party certification as a tool for ensuring that the world's forests are protected for future generations. There are currently more than 60 million acres of FSC-certified forestland in North America