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Xerox pledges $1 million to forest conservation

Rochester Business Journal
April 14, 2010

Xerox Corp. will invest an additional $1 million over the next four years in the second phase of its partnership with the Nature Conservancy to promote forest conservation and sustainable forest management around the globe, the company said Wednesday.

The agreement builds on the work of the Forest Conservation Partnership between Xerox and the Nature Conservancy, which began in October 2006 with an initial investment of $1 million. 

“Collaborating with The Nature Conservancy over the last three years resulted in real economic, social and environmental benefits, creating a solid foundation to build on,” said Patricia Calkins, Xerox’s vice president for Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety, in a statement.

Work supported by the second $1 million grant began in January, with a focus on areas such as developing and testing a forest carbon methodology for improved forest management that would allow landowners to achieve forest certification and serve as a platform for potential carbon benefits and promoting responsible forestry through the implementation of forest management standards by working with Xerox suppliers and other land managers at two sites in North America.

Much of the work during the first phase of the partnership focused on the protection of the Boreal forest in Canada. Xerox supported the launch and deployment of the Canadian Boreal Data Centre, linking forest data and information to users across continents with the goal of improving resource management, monitoring and conservation planning.

In addition, the partnership yielded methods and tools that support land-use decisions in Canada, Indonesia and Brazil.

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