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PIA/GATF presented Robert Birkland, president of Cirrus Consulting Group, Dallas, PA, with its 2007 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award at the organization’s National Environmental Health and Safety Conference held March 11 in Indianapolis.

Birkland’s printing career as an engineer spans more than 25 years, including stints at Arcata Graphics and US Label, where he helped oversee numerous environmental initiatives.

Activists with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) orchestrated a National Day of Action on January 20 to demand that OfficeMax honor its 2007 commitment to stop purchasing paper made from wood pulp from Canada’s Whiskey Jack Forest, where trees are harvested by clear-cut logging.

Hundreds of activists demonstrated at OfficeMax stores in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Atlanta and other cities across the country.


David Padgett of Dallas-based Padgett Printing has been promoted to the position of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance director. He formerly served as the company’s director of strategic planning.

Quebecor World has obtained Chain-of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The certifications were awarded to all 54 of the printer’s U.S. and Canadian printing locations.

Annapolis, MD-based Frank Gumpert Printing has been FSC and SFI Chain-of-Custody certified.

Academy Graphic Communication (AGC), Cleveland, has earned FSC and SFI Chain-of-Custody certification.

Rockville, MD-based EU Services has received dual Chain-of-Custody certification from the FSC and SFI.

Kelmscott Press of Aurora, IL, is now FSC Chain-of-Custody certified.


Several “green” announcements have been made by Sappi Fine Paper North America, including recent triple Chain-of-Custody certification from the SFI, FSC and PEFC for its mills in Skowhegan, ME; Muskegon, MI; and Cloquet, MN. Sappi has also reported that more than 78 percent of the power generated and consumed from its mills is from renewable resources such as hydro power and the burning of biomass. Additionally, Sappi has reduced water usage by 18 percent per ton of product and has reduced total energy usage by more than 22 percent per ton of product across all of its North American manufacturing sites in the past five years.

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