Sustainability

Columbia Vista Corporation strives to operate a safe, environmentally responsible, efficient, cost effective company while producing high quality products and developing beneficial long term relations with customers, suppliers and employees.

Carbon Sequestration

Columbia Vista Corporation is at the forefront of the efforts facilitating and tracking carbon storage in the manufacturing of wood products. We are currently sequestering 4,063,950 lbs of carbon a month or 48,767,400 lbs per year.

Sequestration is one of the key approaches to reducing atmospheric carbon concentrations. It is a safe environmentally acceptable, and a cost effective way to capture and store substantial amounts of atmospheric carbon.

At a time when mankind is searching for ways to capture the power of the sun, it turns out that one of society’s principle construction materials – wood – is produced almost entirely from solar energy.

Much of the carbon contained within wood products resides in the nations housing stock, estimated at 116 million units in 2000. High energy efficiency and low fossil fuel consumption combined with the fact that wood and the products made from wood tend to be not only carbon neutral but carbon negative. This is not the case for any other construction material.

Additional Information:

References:

  • CORRIM Reports on Environmental Performance of Wood Building Materials Volume 37 December 2005(ISSN 0735-6161).
  • DOVETAIL PARTNERS, INC., Wood Products and Carbon Protocols, April 28, 2008.
  • Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Forest Products Carbon Protocols by Dr. Jacek Sirey
  • Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Forest Carbon Estimation Protocol Technical Guidelines, December 2006.

PEFC

Click for More InformationThe PEFC council (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is a worldwide organization promoting sustainable forest management through forest certification and labeling of forest based products.

FSC®

FSC - Click for More InformationFSC is the Forest Stewardship Council®, an international organization that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.

All FSC participants commit to avoid sourcing and trading in wood or wood fiber from unacceptable sources.

In 2007, CVC was certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody environmental standards; SCS-COC-003839.Ask us about our FSC availability.