Las Vegas Color Graphics Offsets Its Carbon Footprint Via Reforestation

LAS VEGAS—Oct. 18, 2010—Las Vegas Color Graphics (LVCG), Nevada’s largest privately owned, full-service printing company, has signed a carbon offset agreement with Patagonia Sur, a leading conservation company in Patagonia, Chile that helps forward-thinking firms incorporate sustainability initiatives into their operational and marketing plans.

An estimated 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of climate change, is attributable to deforestation. Reforestation, by contrast, provides a myriad of environmental and social benefits, including habitat for biodiversity, water conservation, and sustainable, long-term jobs. On behalf of Las Vegas Color Graphics, Patagonia Sur will plant, maintain and monitor more than 10 acres of native-species trees in Patagonia, Chile.

“LVCG is excited to partner with Patagonia Sur,” states Heidi Bridges, President of Las Vegas Color Graphics. “The nearly four million pounds of carbon emissions we are offsetting with Patagonia Sur neutralize all of the emissions our operations generate in a year. In addition, we are partnering with Patagonia Sur to develop a methodology to allow our customers to offset the carbon emissions produced by the delivery of their printed products. We view our initiative with Patagonia Sur as a ‘triple win’ for Las Vegas Color Graphics, our valued customers, and the environment.”

Las Vegas Color Graphics is taking a notable leadership position within the printing industry by deepening its commitment to sustainability. According to Divya Mankikar, Patagonia Sur’s General Manager of Carbon Offsets, “Las Vegas Color Graphics is setting an example as a firm that looks at sustainability from multiple lenses across its operations. I am inspired to be working with a company that values the services forests provide and has internalized the effects of their operations on the environment.”

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About Las Vegas Color Graphics:
Founded in 1978, Las Vegas Color Graphics (LVCG) is currently the largest privately owned, full-service commercial printing company in Nevada. The mission of LVCG is to be a single source provider of graphic communication services to its customers. LVCG provides a full spectrum of high-end commercial printing, mailing and signage services including electronic prepress, offset and digital printing, finishing, and fulfillment/delivery to a growing base of corporate clients nationwide.

About Patagonia Sur:
An innovative blend of conservation + capitalism, Patagonia Sur is a for-profit conservation venture that acquires and manages large land networks in Chilean Patagonia, and develops and nurtures a diverse portfolio of environmentally sensitive businesses. Patagonia Sur expects to provide competitive financial return to investors while permanently protecting vast expanses of Chilean Patagonia.

Source: Company press release.

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