WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Forest & Paper Association ( AF&PA) presented its 2016 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at AF&PA's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 11 in Cary, North Carolina.
Five AF&PA member companies received awards from 23 outstanding submissions across the industry: http://afandpa.org/sustainability/sustainability-award-winners "Our members' efforts to improve the sustainability of their operations aid progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals and keep our industry at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "We applaud the ingenuity and commitment of these award-winning initiatives." 2016 AF&PA Sustainability Award WinnersLeadership in Sustainability - Paper Recovery for Recycling Dart Container Corporation: Dart Container Employee Recycling Center Leadership in Sustainability - Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction Sappi North America: Hood Heat Recovery Project at Somerset Leadership in Sustainability - Safety WestRock Company: Safety First, Safety Always Leadership in Sustainability - Water Procter & Gamble: Water Conservation Response Innovation in Sustainability Georgia-Pacific: Protecting Endangered Forests and Special Areas Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA's annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership" category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The "Innovation in Sustainability" award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically. AF&PA's 2016 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, BetterPlanet 2020 sustainability goals. For more information, visit sustainability.afandpa.org. Editor's Note: Click here to retrieve photos (caption included) of the award winners. The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120725/DC46454LOGO