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.

Lumber product carbon sequestration, the commitment to sustainable forest management, and the continuous procurement of green power are just some of the ways Columbia Vista Corporation strives to meet its mission.

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. We are also preventing more than 2.3 million lbs of CO2 entering into the atmosphere each year through the purchase of Green Light Power. This capturing of CO2 has reduced Columbia Vista Corporation’s carbon footprint to negative 51,707 lbs of CO2 per month.

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.

Green Power

Green Power Partnership - Click for More InformationThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created the Green Power Partnership to assist and promote organizations that commit to using green power for a portion of their electricity needs. The innovative, collaborative nature of this voluntary program gives interested organizations access to EPA resources designed to help reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

Green Lights Power

Green Lights Power - Click for More InformationColumbia Vista is now the third largest purchaser of Green Lights Power, voluntarily paying a higher price for 100 percent of its electricity at Fruit Valley and 31% of the company’s total usage. Columbia Vista’s Green lights purchase is equal to preventing more than 2.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere each year. This capturing of carbon dioxide has reduced Columbia Vista’s carbon footprint to negative 51,707 pounds of CO2 per month. This has the same environmental benefit as planting 444 acres of trees or not driving more then 2.4 million miles.