WestRock has renewed its membership with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit that leverages corporate funding to improve recycling efforts in communities across the U.S.. The company signed on as a funding partner for the fourth straight year. "WestRock is an industry leader that has consistently put sustainability at the forefront of its operations," says Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. "Without the support of our funders, our goal to improve recycling across the country would be unachievable. By renewing their membership, WestRock is helping advance our mission of building stronger recycling systems, creating jobs, and protecting the environment." Click Read More below for additional information.
PEFC-certified wood is at the heart of the new Gold-rated Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) building in Berlin, Germany. From wooden doors and furniture fittings, to roofing and wooden windows, wood originating from sustainably managed, PEFC-certified forests can be found throughout the new building.
In March 2015, the new BMBF building was awarded the Gold Standard by BNB (Sustainable Building Rating System; a Sustainable Building Guide for Federal Building). To achieve such a high rating, at least 80% of all the wood-based products used in the construction had to originate from a sustainably managed forest and come with a recognized certificate – such as a PEFC.
“The federal government clearly calls for the use of wood from sustainable managed forests, thereby contributing to the protection of the world’s forests. It is great to see that this has been implemented consistently, and I am very pleased that the use of PEFC-certified wood has helped the building achieve the Gold Standard,” said Dirk Teegelbekkers, General Secretary of PEFC Germany.
In addition to the use of PEFC-certified wood, constructors had to meet a range of requirements to ensure the sustainability and energy efficiency of the building in order to achieve the energy and climate objectives. This included a demand for energy to be more than 70% below the target of the current energy saving regulations, the use of building techniques such as cogeneration with CHP and fuel cells, thermoactive ceilings, façade-integrated photovoltaic modules or the demonstrated avoidance of harmful substances in the materials used.