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Green Hammer Receives Forest Stewardship Council Award

  • 2017 FSC Awards

The tasting room at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden is among the winners of the 2017 FSC Leadership Award. The Forest Stewardship Council is the world’s leading forest certification system. The Leadership Award shines a light on people, companies and buildings breaking new ground and promoting responsible forest management. 

"FSC is the leader in using the marketplace to ensure responsibly managed, healthy forests across the globe," said Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer Founder and CEO. "Our world desperately needs responsible solutions, which is why we are honored to play our part to support FSC."

The Living Bulding Challenge-certified tasting room at Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden was one of three building projects recognized for its use of FSC-certified projects.

  • Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden and Green Hammer for using more than 95 percent FSC-certified wood products – in conjunction with a small amount of Eastern Oregon Grassland Restoration Juniper – in this highly visible wine tasting room.
  • Heron Hall, McLennan Design, and Smallwood Design and Construction for using 100 percent FSC-certified or reclaimed wood in this residential project, including shou-sugi-ban (charred wood) exterior walls – in pursuit of the Living Building Challenge.
  • Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, Regional Municipality of York, and DIALOG for using 100 percent FSC-certified wood in construction and for sharing information about sustainability to thousands of visitors annually.
"We are honored to be recognized alongside an esteemed group of organizations all working toward the same goal to improve the building processes that respect the planet's limited resources," said Bill Steele, co-owner of Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden. 

Two people were recognized for theirleadership:

  • Michael Conroy for helping to launch FSC and for decades of commitment to the organization, as a grant maker at the Ford Foundation, Chair of the Board of FSC US, Chair of the Board of FSC International, and active member in the Social Chamber.
  • Christopher McDonell for 20 years of work shaping responsible forest management in Canada as Manager of Aboriginal and Environmental Relations for Tembec.

And, 10 companies and organizations were recognized for their leadership in developing FSC-certified products or managing FSC-certified forests: 

  • Patagonia for developing the world’s first FSC-certified Yulex natural rubber wetsuits, and for communicating the importance of responsible forest management to its millions of customers.
  • Staples for marketing more than 1,000 individual FSC-certified paper and custom furniture products online and in stores, and for working to help family woodland owners earn FSC certification to increase supply of certified materials.
  • Procter & Gamble for making its iconic Charmin and Puffs tissue products FSC-certified and for working with partners to add 500,000 acres of FSC-certified forest in the Southeastern US.
  • Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces for being the first North American laminate manufacturer to earn FSC certification, offering thousands of certified products in the construction marketplace.
  • ARAUCO North America for investing approximately $400 million in a new FSC-certified particleboard mill in Grayling, MI – along with nine other certified mills in North America – to meet demand from its customers, notably IKEA with its goal of 100% FSC certified or recycled inputs for forest products by 2020.
  • Monadnock Paper Mills for being the first paper mill in the United States to earn FSC certification, and for offering the first 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper bearing the FSC Recycled label.
  • Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company for more than 10 years of commitment to marketing FSC-certified building materials in the Southeastern US.
  • Forest Products Laboratory, Center for Wood Anatomy Research for applying state-of-the-art forensic wood science to verify the accuracy of claims about FSC certification on more than 1,000 products annually.
  • Center for Forest and Wood Certification at the University of Kentucky for providing technical expertise to forest managers and supply chain businesses to grow FSC certification from Michigan to Alabama.
  • Seven Islands Land Company and Pingree Associates for its early adoption and continuous FSC certification of more than 800,000 acres of timberland in Maine since 1993, and working to help build the FSC system over the past 20 years.
Photo by Ebersole Photography


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