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DC Green Festival and green flooring

The DC Green Festival is winding down as I type this from our booth. We’ve had many conversations about cork flooring, sustainable harvesting of wood and FSC certification, and our zero-landfill facility… yes, we are zero-landfill!

If you were there and saw our booth, check out this link for some of the videos I’d mentioned – AlexandriaGreen.com
At the festival I mentioned eating a piece of Marmoleum to prove how green it is (a link to the video is there), my 75-lb German Shepherd on our cork floor (I have over 500 square feet of cork flooring installed in my home, and a tour of the Portuguese Cork Association mobile showroom.

All the best,

Chris

Armstrong, Mannington gain FSC certification

Armstrong’s engineered hardwood manufacturing plant in Center, Texas, and Mannington’s wood operations have each been awarded FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody (COC) certification.

For any project positioning for LEED certification, using FSC-certified products is  a matter of importance, especially when considering furniture and flooring to be used in the project space.

Mannington will also be adding and FSC-Pure option on selected product lines.

<br>Christopher Moline, LEED AP<hr><br>Residential Group Manager<br>Commercial Carpets of America <br>703-370-0000 <br><a href=
Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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FSC Standards List

by Chris Moline, LEED AP

How do you know you’re purchasing legally-harvested wood flooring?
The Forest Stewardship Council criteria for forest management applicable to all FSC-certified forests throughout the world.

There are 10 Principles and 57 Criteria that address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management.

PRINCIPLE #1: COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND FSC PRINCIPLES
Forest management shall respect all applicable laws of the country in which they occur, and international treaties and agreements to which the country is a signatory, and comply with all FSC Principles and Criteria.

PRINCIPLE #2: TENURE AND USE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Long-term tenure and use rights to the land and forest resources shall be clearly defined, documented and legally established.

PRINCIPLE #3: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
The legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories, and resources shall be recognized and respected.

PRINCIPLE #4: COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND WORKER’S RIGHTS
Forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the long-term social and economic well being of forest workers and local communities.

PRINCIPLE # 5: BENEFITS FROM THE FOREST
Forest management operations shall encourage the efficient use of the forest’s multiple products and services to ensure economic viability and a wide range of environmental and social benefits.

PRINCIPLE #6: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Forest management shall conserve biological diversity and its associated values, water resources, soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes, and, by so doing, maintain the ecological functions and the integrity of the forest.

PRINCIPLE #7: MANAGEMENT PLAN
A management plan — appropriate to the scale and intensity of the operations — shall be written, implemented, and kept up to date. The long-term objectives of management, and the means of achieving them, shall be clearly stated.

PRINCIPLE #8: MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
Monitoring shall be conducted — appropriate to the scale and intensity of forest management — to assess the condition of the forest, yields of forest products, chain of custody, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.

PRINCIPLE # 9: MAINTENANCE OF HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FORESTS
Management activities in high conservation value forests shall maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests. Decisions regarding high conservation value forests shall always be considered in the context of a precautionary approach.

PRINCIPLE # 10: PLANTATIONS
Plantations shall be planned and managed in accordance with Principles and Criteria 1 – 9, and Principle 10 and its Criteria. While plantations can provide an array of social and economic benefits, and can contribute to satisfying the world’s needs for forest products, they should complement the management of, reduce pressures on, and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.

We have an extensive array of responsibly-manufactured wood flooring products from:
Pollmeier
Carriage House
Cikel America
Natural Cork
and more.
If you purchase exotic hardwood flooring, it’s quite possible that
product was originally harvested via illegal logging (as defined in
the Lacey Act of 2007). You do not want that. You want to buy from
a reputable source, totally “green” from the forest to the floor and FSC certification is your insurance.

One manufacturer, Cikel, owns and manages 1.2 million acres of FSC-certified forests.
Purchasing from Cikel not only keeps you in compliance with the law,
you get world-class sustainable products at affordable prices!

Who would have thought?

Please email with any questions.

<br>Christopher Moline, LEED AP<hr><br>Residential Group Manager<br>Commercial Carpets of America <br>703-370-0000 <br><a href=
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Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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Introducing our new line of NO-VOC Environmentally-Friendly Hardwood Flooring By Catalina.

In the Northern Virginia area we are the exclusive source for this exciting product – Catalina Engineered Hardwood. Why is it so special?
It’s PEFC certified – on par with FSC and GBC certification (not LEED-compliant, but a good certification to have.)
Vegetable-based finish – very green.
Color-through stain process means the coloration goes below the top “skin” for amazing durability and appearance retention.
We’ve got some on the way to install in our showroom, but I recorded our representative talking about the product so you can learn more.
Give us a call or email if you’d like some more information.
<br>Christopher Moline, LEED AP<hr><br>Residential Group Manager<br>Commercial Carpets of America <br>703-370-0000 <br><a href=
Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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