Sustainable Northwest Wood receives first of its kind FSC® Leadership Award

Posted by Renee Magyar on October 24, 2014

SNW Wood was awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award for leadership in building materials supply in the West.

The FSC Leadership Awards were presented at Greenbuild 2014

News Release October 24, 2014

Contact: Renee Magyar, Sustainable Northwest, (503) 221-6911 x116 

Sustainable Northwest subsidiary receives first of its kind FSC® Leadership Award

Portland, Oregon – Sustainable Northwest is pleased to announce its subsidiary wood distribution business Sustainable Northwest Wood has been awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Leadership Award for leadership in building materials supply in the West. The award recognizes Sustainable Northwest Wood’s dedication to sourcing FSC-certified and reclaimed building materials in the Pacific Northwest, and for their involvement in growing the availability of FSC-certified building materials.

Sustainable Northwest Wood President, Ryan Temple, accepted the award yesterday evening at the Forest Stewardship Council’s 10th annual Design & Build with FSC Awards Reception at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, LA on behalf of the Portland, Oregon-based business. Temple emphasized his business’ support for FSC standards. “Our consumers expect wood products grown and harvested in accordance with the highest environmental standards. It has been our mission to make sure that this can be delivered to them in a timely and reliable manner.” 

Sustainable Northwest Wood is the first lumberyard of its kind to exclusively offer FSC-certified and sustainably sourced lumber products, including salvaged and reclaimed wood, and forest restoration by-products. The wood is sourced from a strong foundation of rural landowners and sawmills that are committed to sustainable forestry practices. Sustainable Northwest President, John J. Audley, is thrilled to see the efforts of the wood products business recognized with this award. “Supporting sustainable wood producers is growing the Northwest’s green building marketplace; this is core to our mission of creating thriving rural communities and healthy landscapes.” 

Portland, Oregon-based non-profit Sustainable Northwest established Sustainable Northwest Wood in 2008 to connect local and sustainably harvested wood with green building projects in the Portland area. Sustainable Northwest Wood sales have more than doubled annually on average and they now sell to customers throughout the West. They were the first wood warehouse to offer FSC-certified Madrone and Myrtlewood, and FSC-certified Fir and Pacific Maple countertops. Their product line also includes specialty products such as Western Juniper and Campground Blue Pine. 

Prior to opening the wood distribution business, in 2001 Sustainable Northwest created the nation’s first Group FSC Certification program which provides affordable access to FSC certification for small wood products businesses, and provided green market education through forest tours and outreach to the professional wood products marketplace of builders, architects, suppliers, and buyers.  

The Leadership Award is the first of its kind presented by the Forest Stewardship Council and was awarded to 11 organizations this year, in 11 different categories across many sectors. Learn more about the award here

Sustainable Northwest Wood sells only sustainable, restorative, and FSC-certified lumber products that are harvested and milled in the Pacific Northwest. They support small mills in rural communities, bolstering economic development while providing the region with local, sustainably harvested, affordable, and durable wood products. For more information, and to see the full range of products, visit

Sustainable Northwest restores forests, rivers, and rangelands for healthier habitat and clean air and water. By bringing people together to find common ground, they are building a regional economy based on land stewardship. 2014 marks their 20th Anniversary. For more information about Sustainable Northwest, visit