THE ENVIRONMENTAL PAPER SUMMIT
and the COMMON VISION
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Just before Thanksgiving 2002, 75 members of 56 environmental
groups from the U.S., Canada, Indonesia and the U.K. gathered together
to join in an unprecedented commitment to cooperation in furthering
their work towards an environmentally and socially sustainable paper
The Environmental Paper Summit launched networking
and collaboration among groups promoting the use of environmental
papers, as well as laid the framework for outreach to paper purchasers,
producers and suppliers; community and social justice groups; labor
unions; and all the other entities necessary to create a paper production
system good for the earth.
Ten environmental groups - Conservatree, the Center
for a New American Dream, Co-op America, Dogwood Alliance, Environmental
Defense, ForestEthics, the Green Press Initiative, Markets Initiative,
Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Recycled Products Puchasing
Cooperative - formed the steering committee that organized the conference.
They also drafted a Common Vision as a positive proposal for guiding
the transformation to environmentally sustainable systems.
It is intended as a framework broad enough to encompass
all the groups' work. While as a consensus document it represents
the minimum competency acceptable to all the groups, there is plenty
of room within it for efforts to maximize the best of different
environmental aspects. It is also intended to be a dynamic document
that will grow and change with market and system development.
The success of the Summit made it obvious how great
is the need for an ongoing Environmental
Paper Network of groups working globally towards environmentally
sustainable paper production. Visit our EPN website to find out
what we're doing now and our latest news.