AF&PA Recognizes Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

AF&PA Announces Award-Winning Sustainability Projects

5 member companies recognized for outstanding sustainability initiatives and new award for diversity, equity and inclusion.

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Sustainability Award winners, which recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry.

“This is the first year we are presenting awards in alignment with our new Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustainability goals and statement of principles on diversity, equity and inclusion,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “It is exciting to see examples of these goals in action. We are also pleased to present an award for our new category focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.”  

Better Practices, Better Planet is one of the longest standing sustainability initiatives for a U.S. manufacturing industry, established more than a decade ago. The sustainability award winners demonstrate the industry’s long-held commitment to improving practices to build a better planet.  

AF&PA congratulates the following winners: 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

International Paper: Fighting Period Poverty in Our Communities

Leadership in Sustainability – Circular Value Chain

WestRock Company: Sustainable Ready Meals: Turnkey Solution 

Leadership in Sustainability – Safety 

WestRock Company: Failing Safe: Shredder Cover

Leadership in Sustainability – Water Stewardship

Green Bay Packaging Inc.: Net-Zero Water Use at Green Bay mill 

Innovation in Sustainability 

Georgia-Pacific LLC: Juno Technology 

“Congratulations to the winners,” said AF&PA Board Chair and President and CEO of Georgia-Pacific Christian Fischer. “AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 initiative guides our industry toward continuous improvement, and these awards demonstrate how we successfully are moving toward a bright and innovative future.”  

Visit for videos of these award-winning projects. 

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc. 

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit 

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