NCSL Forestry Tour Pre-Con

8/12/2014

NCSL NewsNCSL Forest Products Tour to Showcase Sustainable Manufacturing

Denver—State lawmakers and legislative staff will learn about sustainable manufacturing processes and the role that forest products play in state and national economies during a Forest Products Pre-Conference Tour in advance of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. The tour, which takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, will be hosted by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and its members. It features visits to International Paper (IP) Company's Roseville-Twin Cities Recycling Collection Center as well as the RockTenn Containerboard and Coated Paperboard Mill.

Among those touring the facilities will be members of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee from both parties and from states across the country. At IP, legislators and staff will learn about collecting and processing recyclable paper and paper-based packaging and how the market-driven system provides fiber for local and regional paper mills. At RockTenn, which manufactures 100-percent recycled containerboard and 100-percent recycled coated paperboard, they will hear about the principles that guide the company to reach voluntary sustainability goals.

“The purpose of the tour is to see sustainable manufacturing practices first-hand and learn about their impact on the economy,” said Oregon Senator and NCSL President Bruce Starr (R). “The tour is also designed to spark a timely discussion about public policy decisions that impact the recycling industry.”

“Our industry is one of the most efficient out there, and we hope that this tour helps key legislators see that,” said AF&PA Vice President, Government Affairs Elizabeth Bartheld. “Our members use renewable raw materials to make products Americans use every day—and about two-thirds of the energy required to do so—and then recycle them into new products.”

NCSL’s 2014 Legislative Summit takes place Aug. 19-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Now in its 40th year, the Summit is the largest gathering of state lawmakers and legislative staff in the country.

Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.