11 May 2009

The Views is Going Green!

“Going green.” It seems to be the trendy thing to say and to do these days to be more responsible in conservation efforts. Even the President, Barack Obama, is encouraging individuals and businesses to think energy efficiency in every manner possible from power and fuel to recycling and planting.

Well, we at RID have decided to get VIEWS in line with the “going green” effort that is taking momentum in our country. As a result, we are happy to report that we have altered our printing process to ensure that we are now, starting with this current issue, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

So, what does VIEWS being FSC certified mean, other than the logo that appears at the bottom of this page? Plain and simple, FSC sets high standards that ensures forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable way. In 1994, FSC’s members approved an international set of Principles and Criteria that define FSC’s threshold for responsible forestry practices worldwide. These standards support biodiversity, reduce chemical use, protect streamsides, conserve old growth, ensure protection of high conservation value forests, give stakeholders a voice, and ensure long-term timber supplies.

According to the recent FSC Prospectus, “the investment made to develop and apply FSC standards over the past decade is paying off in conservation benefits, such as protection of wildlife habitats, improved water quality, sustained availability of timber resources, and increased recognition that forestry can be practiced sustainably. FSC standards have been applied on more than 170 million acres of actively managed forests in more than 60 countries as of Spring 2006, and growing steadily.”

By ensuring our print production is FSC certified, we are contributing to FSC’s mission, which is to promote and enhance well-managed forests through credible certification that is environmentally responsible, socially acceptable and economically viable.

This spring issue is dedicated to Earth Day, April 22, 2009, and is a commitment that all future issues will strive to be published in a “green” and earth-friendly manner.

You can learn more about the FSC by visiting http://www.fscus.org/. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Clay Nettles M.A., M.S.
RID Executive Director
Clay Nettles,


8,338 lbs. of paper made with 25% post consumer recycled fiber saves…

7,212 lbs. wood; A total of 25 trees that supply enough oxygen for 13 people annually.

9,120 gal. water; Enough water to take 530 eight-minute showers.

17mln. BTUs energy; Enough energy to power an average American household for 70 days.

2,197 lbs. emissions; Carbon sequestered by 26 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

1,171 lbs. solid waste; A total of 40 thirty-two gallon garbage cans of waste.

The Views
Spring 2009, Vol. 26, #2
, p. 7.

Thank you RID Views for the permission to post this article on EcoDeaf.

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