Elizabeth Baldwin

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")

  • Monday, December, 19, 2016 A Six-Year Index of Green Blog Posts So here we are, coming up toward the end of another year, so I think it’s time to wrap up the six years of blogging with one final big index! This will be my last regular post here, but I’ve told...
  • Tuesday, December, 13, 2016 A Compliance Culture My first blog was August in 2010. That’s six years of posts and well, I think it’s time to take a bit of a break. I’ll come back now and then because I do like the team at the newly christened...
  • Tuesday, December, 06, 2016 Gate Wood Concerns What is “gate wood?” Generally gate wood refers to logs brought to a sawmill that were not pre-ordered, purchased as standing timber or ordered under contract by the mill. Usually offered by...
  • Tuesday, November, 29, 2016 Due Diligence Required for Imports “Due Diligence Required” is NOT another post about the Lacey Act. Rather this is a followup post to last week's blog post about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Last week we looked at how...
  • Wednesday, November, 23, 2016 Trans Pacific Forestry So the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been in the news quite a bit and since Indonesia just made their first FLEGT shipment, I thought I’d take a quick look at what the TPP might mean for the...
  • Tuesday, November, 15, 2016 Congratulations, Indonesia! On the other side of the world something extraordinary is happening today. Today, November 15th, Indonesia is making the first ever—not just their first, but the first EVER from ANYWHERE—FLEGT...
  • Thursday, November, 10, 2016 Visual Comparison of FSC and PEFC I am going to wrap up our recent look at certification programs with two visuals. These are from recent online reports by both organizations and you can click on the images for the actual reports...
  • Wednesday, November, 02, 2016 Report Logo Abuse As noted in last week’s blog, the FSC stylized “tick tree” mark is going to be recognized by many consumers. But with so many companies being CoCed but with so little actual available FSC...
  • Monday, October, 24, 2016 Alphabet Soup, Part 25 of Many: FSC FSC: Forest Stewardship Council is probably the best known forest certification system, at least among regular consumers. And all surveys show that brand recognition is on the increase as is both...
  • Wednesday, October, 19, 2016 Alphabet Soup, Part 24 of Many: MTCC, CERFLOR, AFS (PEFC Internationally) We’ve been looking at some of the national standards under PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Last week we did North America and of course most of Europe will have...