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This past October, more than 300 people gathered at the Union Square Building in High Point, North Carolina to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), an organization we’ve been a founding member of since its creation in 2006.

Sustainable furnishings council celebration

10th anniversary celebration on the top floor of the Union Square Building in High Point, North Carolina.

The evening’s presentation included a keynote video message from former Vice President Al Gore congratulating the SFC on ten years. In addition, SFC Board President Steve Freeman shared future priorities for the organization, Amy Smith of the World Wildlife Fund discussed the importance of forests in absorbing CO2 emissions, and David Levine of the American Sustainable Business Council introduced a new initiative, “What’s It Made Of?

Steve Freeman, president of the SFC Board of Directors presents at the 10th anniversary celebration

Steve Freeman presents at the SFC celebration.

To learn more about the organization, we chatted with Steve Freeman, Vendor Resource Manager at Room & Board and President of the SFC Board of Directors.

What is the Sustainable Furnishings Council?

Made up of manufacturers, retailers and designers, the SFC is dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry.

How did Room & Board get involved?

As a company, we’ve always had sustainability and the environment as a focus and concern, but the idea of the council came to fruition after working closely with Jeronimo Cooklin, who used to own South Cone Furniture. Jeronimo had a passion for raising environmental awareness and getting the furnishings industry as a whole to pay attention. After attending a conference Cooklin hosted, we helped put together the framework for the SFC and eventually got it off the ground. The official announcement to the industry was done in October 2006 in High Point, North Carolina in the same room we celebrated our 10th anniversary.

What do see for the future of SFC?

Thanks to the leadership of SFC’s Executive Director Susan Inglis and the Board of Directors, the SFC has made a significant impact within the home furnishings industry by promoting and encouraging sustainable practices, as well as healthier products for our homes and our planet. We are well positioned for a future that includes more strategic partnerships, healthy home initiatives, environmentally focused legislation and consumer education. Room & Board looks forward to supporting this organization well into the future.

Photos by Sustainable Furnishings Council


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