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Asia Pulp & Paper Transforms into Zero Deforestation Leader:

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris PaperSoutheast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

From Rainforest to Rapidly Renewable fiber plantations

How did a paper company like Asia Pulp & Paper:

  • Headquartered in an emerging market, like Indonesia,
  • Where concessions to harvest rainforest have been liberally issued by the government inn order to grow its economy,
  • With a complicated supply chain, almost daunting in its complexity, across many plants and suppliers,
  • And making a lot of money...

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Solaris Paper on Zero Deforestation

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris PaperSoutheast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

The United Nation’s announcement of the New York Declaration of Forests which was reported last month made worldwide news. Solaris Paper is firmly committed to the declaration and involved with Zero Deforestation.

Solaris Paper is a North American towel and tissue (T&T) company, primarily supplying businesses, and its exclusive supply partner for T&T products is Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). APP is quickly becoming the largest tissue producer in the world (by 2016), and along with that comes substantial corporate social responsibility.

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Sustainability Leaders Commit to Deforestation

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris Paper

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

Southeast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

New York Declaration on Forests

Something very big happened at the United Nations Climate Summit in September, and most people haven’t heard about it!

On September 23rd, a coalition of world sustainability leaders endorsed a global timeline to end deforestation. This commits them to:

  • Cut natural forest loss in half by the year 2020,
  • Strive to end forest loss by the year 2030, and
  • Restore forests and croplands equivalent to an area larger than India.

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Childhood Obesity Epidemic Poses Threat to Future Georgians

Today, more than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese and could be on track to live shorter lives than their parents. Recently in Georgia, the University of Georgia (UGA) described our state as being “at great risk for the disease.” A 2013 UGA study found the following statistics:

● The prevalence of obesity among low-income 2 to 4-year-olds and high-school students is 12.7 and 13.3 percent, respectively.
● The prevalence of obesity among all 10 to 17- year-olds is 16.5 percent
● The prevalence of adult obesity continues to climb, with Georgia now having the 18th highest adult obesity rate in the nation (and over 30 percent of its population is obese).

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Energy codes equal efficiency

In the land of urban myths, it’s often said that building energy codes are bad for business. Energy codes, which in Georgia are adopted at the state level, require developers to spend time and materials upfront to ensure new and renovated buildings will be super-efficient.

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Climate Change Doesn't Care if You're Republican or Democrat

U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol)

Protecting our children and future generations from the impacts of extreme weather like droughts, floods and hurricanes caused by climate change is not as politically partisan as some would have you believe. Recent polls have shown that 70 percent of Americans see climate change as a serious problem, and a vast majority of the American public favors government action to address it .

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Challenges facing environmental lawsuits

The degradation of our environment has become a subject of worldwide concern as the world’s population increasingly gets sensitization to the need to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources.

The question of who should be accountable has arisen. Multinational corporations such as oil companies take a lot out of the earth and in return, surrounding communities are the ones that suffer. Likewise, trees and animals that thrive on government owned land are at risk because governments can decide to clear the land at any time.

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Making our House “Solar Ready”

The author, Alden Hathaway and his roofing contractor, Ken Frankli, of Lake Greenwood, South Carolina and his Solar Contractor, Tripp Hathaway, from Hannah Solar Government Services, a subsidiary of Hannah Solar, a Georgia and South Carolina based Solar Contracting Company.When Carol and I located our family to Georgia in 2007, we wanted to participate in the business of bringing solar to Georgia. We wanted to take a different tack than purely an environmental focus. We sought to celebrate the jobs and economic value of solar and energy efficiency for that is the other half of the story. We wanted to engage a Georgia builder, and settled on S+R Homes, a company started by Georgia Tech graduates. Although S+R Homes is one of the larger builders in the Atlanta area, they have been very accommodating to our ideas and have worked diligently with us to provide us with the time, energy, and guidance we have needed to make this house a reality. S+R Homes has collaborated with our roofer and solar contractor to help us get the solar mounts and electrical conduits put in place before the insulation and drywall were installed. Their proactive client approach has saved us an amount we estimate could be $1,000 or more with the ability to complete the added preparation now rather than having to wait until the house is built.

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We Need a "Ray C. Anderson Prize," they said

We heard this refrain, in various forms, from the very beginning of our time stewarding Ray’s legacy here at the Foundation.  Each time it was echoed, we first felt humbled.  What an amazing honor it is to have someone want Ray’s memory preserved in this manner!

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