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GREEN Scene

May 2008
‘Green Printer’ Criteria Determined

INDIANAPOLIS—The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership revealed at the recent National Environmental Health and Safety (NEHS) conference the criteria on how to become a sustainable, green printer. Printers that meet these requirements and are verified will be listed on the SGP Partnership Registry Website.

There are two categories of SGP registration. The first is Candidate Pending Verification (CPV), which will give a facility a 12-month timeframe in which to meet all criteria for becoming an SGP Printer. Facilities that already meet the crieria can bypass the CPV category and apply for recognition under the SGP Printer category. Among other requirements, SGP Printers will have to complete an annual progress report and will be subjected to periodic verification by an accredited third party.

The SGP Partnership is a collaboration between PIA/GATF, FTA and SGIA that was formed in 2007 to define sustainable green printing and identify steps for establishing sustainable manufacturing and business practices. To find out more about the SGP Partnership registration program or to view the Green Printer criteria, visit www.sgppartnership.org .



Connecticut’s Clean Energy Leaders Are Honored

NEWTOWN, CT—The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund honored Curtis Packaging as a 2008 recipient of the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Award.

The award recognized Curtis Packaging’s commitment to clean, renewable energy and how its green energy purchase is leading the success of the Clean Energy Community campaign here. Because of printer’s participation in the CTCleanEnergyOptionsP2 Program, the City of Newtown has qualified for a free solar energy system from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

Curtis Packaging has purchased enough clean, renewable energy to account for 100 percent of its electricity needs. The estimated environmental benefits of its renewable energy purchase are equivalent to saving 400,000 gallons of gasoline or offsetting the electricity use of 466 homes for one year.

Curtis Packaging is reportedly the first printing and packaging company in North America to be 100 percent carbon neutral, to use 100 percent renewable energy and to be FSC certified. Curtis has also joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, which advocates the use of materials and systems that promote economic and environmental health.



INDUSTRY NEWS

Printers can take advantage of two of the industry’s hottest trends—lean manufacturing and green printing—by attending the PIA/GATF’s national seminar tour, which is being held in various locations across the country.

The one-day “Lean and Green Seminar” will focus on the concepts and drivers of the sustainability and lean manufacturing trends; why print buyers are requesting (even demanding) green products; how lean tools can be used to search for and eliminate numerous types of production and environmental waste; how lean manufacturing can decrease costs and create a culture that allows sustainability to flourish; and criteria for SGP Partnership registration.
 

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