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Sustainable Furnishings Council Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Retail Editor 5 -- Home Textiles Today, March 6, 2014

Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Sustainable Furnishings Council is welcoming five new appointees to its board of directors.

The new members of the council -- advocate for the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and sale of residential furnishings -- begin their three-year term this year, which SFC called "one of SFC's most formative years."

They are: Gat Caperton, president and ceo of Caperton Furnitureworks, a West Virginia manufacturer of hand-made, solid-wood home furniture; environmental lawyer Alexander Elkan, partner at Greensboro, NC-based firm Brooks Pierce; Brooke Feldman, digital marketing coordinator for Nourison Industries; Albert A. Gore III, former vice president of business development and sustainability for Strategic Capital Partners LLC; and Sean Sullivan, group marketing director with Hearst Design Group and associate publisher of House Beautiful, ELLE Decor and Veranda.

"The 2014 board of directors brings essential know-how to SFC during a pivotal time for our organization-indeed, our planet's climate and resources," said Steve Freeman, SFC president and vendor resource manager for Room & Board. "One need only read the headlines and reflect on current weather patterns to know that SFC's Directors' efforts are both essential and needed urgently. Awareness is key, so we're honored and enthusiastic to have the support of committed and high-profile environmental advocates and consumer-focused professionals."

The new appointees work alongside returning board members-Norman Coley of Lee Industries; Kathryn Fernholz of Dovetail Partners Inc.; Mitchell Gold of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; and Amy Smith of World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network.

Already, SFC has launched a consumer awareness campaign with Hearst Corporation, and it can be viewed in the March 2014 issues of House Beautiful. And this summer, SFC will launch SFC Next, a national conference set for June 13-14 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

SFC Next will educate businesses about what's cutting-edge in the arena of sustainability, provide useful strategies for creating a healthful home, and teach businesses how to be successful in a low-carbon economy. Registration for SFC Next opens March 7.

The SFC executive committee, whose members also serve on the board of directors, is unchanged for 2014. Freeman returns as president; Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home is vice president; Greg Harden of Harden Furniture, serves as treasurer; Peggy Burns of Circle Furniture is secretary; and Susan Inglis is SFC executive director.

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