Environmentally ResponsibleUniversity Communications continues to expand the use of environmentally responsible practices and products in printing and copy management. All materials used for printing and copying are environmentally sustainable with between 10% and 100% post-consumer waste. The Admission Viewbook family of publications has been printed on 100% recycled paper since 2005.
In every production area, University Communications annually reviews its best practices and strives to move toward the use of sustainable resources while balancing the cost and operational compatibility of new products and technologies.
University letterhead and envelopes have been printed on 30% post-consumer papers for the last 16 years. University Communications continues to research other options with higher recycled content and suitable quality.
The outside printing vendors selected to accommodate the printing needs of the university have a long established working relationship of trust and of providing high-quality digital and offset printing. University Communications works closely with outside vendors to ensure that environmentally responsible practices and products are utilized when producing our printed material.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC certified forests are responsibly managed according to set standards. The goal is to improve forest conservation and reduce deforestation. Through chain-of-custody review, the source of a wood product is verified and tracked through production into its final state. These products are labeled with a FSC logo, guaranteeing the consumer that the product they receive is credible and come from a well-managed forest. Our paper vendor, West Coast Paper Solutions, and our five printing vendors earned their FSC certification several years ago.
The Convenience Copier Program copiers are not only cost effective but are environmentally friendly. Duplexing, “power down” or “sleep” during idle periods, and recovery time can provide energy savings up to 60% or more. Using less energy (and paper through duplexing) not only saves money, it also helps reduce the amounts of pollutants entering the environment. Using fax and storage (scanner) instead of paper is another way to cut down on paper use. Copiers can hold the original images in their memory and print them many times rather than cycling through the originals like analog copiers. Potentially reducing, jams, noise and dust, as well as increasing copying speed. The multi-function capabilities such as faxing, scanning, and printing from a single print engine mean that less energy is being consumed. Our current vendor is recognizing environmental conservation as one of the most important missions given to mankind; most of their production sites have achieved zero-waste output to landfill.
Georgia-Pacific Spectrum30 Acid Free 20# Bond paper is being provided throughout the campus community. Georgia-Pacific is committed to helping ensure the future of plentiful and healthy forests in North America. They promote sustainable forestry in many ways through programs that support family forest landowners, protect threatened and endangered species, promote forestation and protect water quality. Fiber used to produce this paper meets the sourcing requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.