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Quad/Graphics Becomes First Major Commercial Printer to Achieve LEED Certification

July 2009
SUSSEX, WI—07/01/09—Quad/Graphics, the hemisphere’s largest privately held commercial printer, announced today that its Sussex, WI, manufacturing facility has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Silver rating, from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The accomplishment makes Quad/Graphics the first company of its kind to achieve any level of LEED certification for a manufacturing site. It also builds on the company’s longstanding and industry-leading approach to making business decisions that are both environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Because of its age – 25 years old – Quad/Graphics’ Sussex facility qualified for LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB). With 1.7 million square feet of usable space on a 73-acre site, Quad/Graphics' Sussex plant houses almost 60 pieces of heavy industrial press and finishing equipment, and serves as the company’s corporate headquarters.

“We’re proud of our environmental record and what LEED certification signifies,” said Quad/Graphics President & CEO Joel Quadracci. “The fact that we’ve been able to certify a decades-old manufacturing facility – one that first opened in the 1980s – is a testament to our long-time commitment to environmentalism. It’s not something we decided to get into recently. We’ve been committed to the environment since the very early days of our company – so much so that it is now embedded in our corporate DNA.

“Truly, we walk the talk when it comes to operating in an environmentally conscious manner,” Mr. Quadracci added. “We take seriously our responsibility to the environment and it shows. We have the best environmental record in the industry.”

LEED is a voluntary green building rating system developed by USGBC, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable building practices. There are four levels of certification available – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum – for meeting criteria in five specific areas: 1) sustainable site development; 2) water efficiency; 3) energy efficiency; 4) materials and resource selection; and 5) indoor environmental quality. In addition, the USGBC recognizes innovations beyond those prescribed in the LEED rating system. For example, Quad/Graphics earned points for its pioneering role in the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership in which it has created innovative approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet of trucks.

Existing buildings, like Quad/Graphics’ manufacturing plants, must score at least 32 points out of a possible 85 to achieve the most basic level of certification. Quad/Graphics’ Sussex plant received 45 points, qualifying it for a Silver rating – just three points shy of a Gold rating.
 

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