President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation
“The National Wildlife Federation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council are proud to elevate leaders in the sustainable furniture movement by highlighting the importance of responsible wood sourcing policies and giving consumers the tools they need to make environmentally conscious purchases. Through this project we hope to empower everyone shopping for wood furniture to buy wisely, vote with their wallet, and protect our world’s forest resources for future generations.”
Collin O’Mara serves as President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. Under O’Mara’s leadership, the National Wildlife Federation is focused on conserving wildlife ranging from bison and bighorn sheep to pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees, defending public lands and access to outdoor recreation, restoring America’s waterbodies, improving habitat resilience, advancing environmental education (including publishing Ranger Rick magazines), and connecting every American child with the great outdoors.
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Executive Director, Sustainable Furnishings Council
“Sustainable Furnishings Council is committed to helping consumers find the more eco-friendly products they are looking for as they furnish their homes, and to helping furniture companies reduce their environmental footprint, despite the complexity of their supply chains. This scorecard serves our purpose, guiding shoppers to companies that are demonstrating leadership with a robust wood sourcing policy, and also encouraging more companies to enter that leadership circle. We are delighted to work with NWF to make this difference in keeping forests healthy.”
Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and resident expert with the organization she helped found in 2006. She has led SFC to work with industry leaders to establish criteria to gauge the sustainability of furniture products and practices; develop programs for educating all sectors of the industry; and attract hundreds of companies to membership. Inglis is also founder and owner of From The Mountain, a company that imports hand spun cashmere yarn from Afghanistan, providing safe income for over 100 women there. Inglis serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council and was awarded a 2017 Visionary Leadership award by the NC Business Council. She lives in North Carolina.
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Vice President of International Conservation and Corporate Strategy, National Wildlife Federation
“At the National Wildlife Federation we have studied the negative impacts of deforestation on wildlife, climate and water security; and we are committed to helping consumers and companies shape a more sustainable furnishings industry. We have seen the power of market forces to shape industry practices, and we know that consumers appreciate transparency. During this project several companies have stepped up with new policies, responding to the call for responsible wood sourcing. We are thrilled to continue this collaboration with SFC.”
Barbara J Bramble is VP for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and the Board Chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. She also serves on the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council. She leads NWF’s advocacy to improve US international policy on climate change and forest conservation, and builds consensus with business on sustainable procurement including voluntary certification for agricultural and forest products. Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Ms. Bramble’s JD is from George Washington University, and BA from George Mason University.
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