GREEN sceneDecember 2008
Johnson & Quin Greening Through and Through
NILES, IL—Implementing green initiatives is an ongoing endeavor at Johnson & Quin, which, as a leading printer and direct mail services provider, is continually pumping up its efforts to transition from green to greener still. The company has made it a priority to generate cleaner output that is easy on the environment—and its clients’ budgets.
Johnson & Quin’s green initiatives include: obtaining FSC certification; offering recycled and certified paper; reducing paper waste, while saving customers money and maximizing response rates; integrating eco-friendly inks; upgrading facilities with green equipment and processes; making its offices more eco-friendly; improving in-office waste recycling and adding more plastics recycling; assessing packaging materials that are more environmentally friendly; forging partnerships with eco-friendly suppliers; and using alternative power sources that make print production greener and more affordable.
The U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Program, which works to improve energy efficiency, announced a new member: Louisville, KY-based FetterGroup, which includes FetterLabel and FetterCMD.
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the nation’s largest statewide employer association, selected Carlstadt, NJ-based Pictorial Offset to receive its 2008 Award for Excellence in the Environmental Quality category.
Gaithersburg, MD-based Herron Printing is converting to 100 percent wind power.
The following companies have received chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
• Chroma Graphics, Upper Marlboro, MD: FSC and SFI.
• IBSDirect, King of Prussia, PA: FSC, SFI and PEFC.
• Walsworth Publishing, Omaha, NE: FSC and SFI.
• MLI Integrated Graphic Solutions, Tampa, FL: FSC.
• Intech Printing, Naples, FL: FSC and SFI.
PROVIDENCE, RI—Gilbert Design was recently presented with the Mohawk Windpower Partnership Award for its sustainable initiatives in the design of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) viewbook, printed on FSC-certified Mohawk Options, which is produced using 100 percent wind-powered energy offset with Renewable Energy Certificates.
Sustainable Media Solutions Explored
BOSTON—The Green Media Show Conference and Expo, sponsored by SustainCommWorld, was held in October at the Marriott Copley Place, drawing more than 400 attendees from five countries.
The show featured four keynote presenters and more than 50 speakers, and 16 sessions with topics ranging from “Print Media: Greener Than You Think” and “Digital Media—Marketing Green” to “Getting Big Returns on Your Green Media Investment” and “Addressing New Regulatory Requirements.”
There were also 30 exhibits by show sponsors, including suppliers Xerox, Kodak, HP, NewPage, Domtar and Finch; various industry associations and The Print Council; several environmental organizations; and 23 media outlets, including Printing Impressions. Sponsor exhibits were presented in a unique, low-carbon footprint expo.
Tyler Elm, a keynote speaker in his presentation “Making Sustainability Work Across the Enterprise,” discussed his work with Wal-Mart’s green initiatives and the significant savings and new profit areas that the company saw almost immediately. He explained how Wal-Mart’s five-year packaging goal is projected to create $10 billion in savings in the supply chain and save Wal-Mart $3.4 billion.
And, he described how Wal-Mart’s project to manage 72 million pounds of reclaimed plastic per year turned a $16 million liability into a $50+ million benefit in the first year of implementation.
Other tracks included how to “Succeed in a World Gone Green,” how to find “Gold in Green Media Partnerships” and “Carbon Footprints, Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Carbon Credits.” PI