Printing & Reprographics

Sustainable Printing




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Sustainable Printing


Sources: Green print, a software company devoted to Environmental Conservation

Sense and Sustainability

UC Riverside has a unique responsibility to be good environmental stewards. As the print and paper industry is so resource-intensive, requiring large amounts of wood, energy and water, it is especially incumbent upon us to protect and preserve those resources for the future of our students, our business and generations to come.
To demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, more universities are choosing to meet the high standards set by non-profit environmental guardian groups and thereby earning these groups’ coveted product certifications. Environmental organizations allow their endorsements, in the form of logos, to appear on products that meet their criteria.
The following are a few initiatives that Printing and Mailing Services can help your department adopt when purchasing a printed piece. To assist the  UC Riverside community in making sustainable choices, the following are a list of the most commonly used terms in the printing industry.

Post-Consumer Waste Fiber (PCW)
PCW is a material recovered after being used by the consumer, as opposed to waste from industrial processes.

Wind power
Identify and use paper that has been manufactured by using electricity generated by using wind energy.

This is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy products. Green-e certifies that the wind generated electricity purchased by the paper mill meets strict environmental and consumer protection standards.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) works to conserve biological diversity and old growth forests. The FSC chain-of-custody tracks products from FSC certified forests all the way through to finished materials, thereby providing consumers with the confidence that the printed product is made following the most sustainable practices currently available.
Green Seal
An independent non-profit organization, dedicated to safeguarding the environment, and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Process Chlorine Free (PCF) papers
PCF papers contain post-consumer recycled fiber that was processed without the use of any additional chlorine or chlorine compounds.
Carbon Neutral
Carbon Neutral is an emerging global trend. It can describe products, operations and activities which have had their carbon dioxide emissions: 1) calculated; 2) reduced where possible; 3) offset through credits that fund additive, emission-free energy projects such as wind farms and solar installations. By purchasing these credits, organizations can apply them to their own emissions, and reduce the net carbon impact. The end result is termed carbon neutral.
Example of a Seal of Approval
If a brochure is printed on “Mohawk Options” 100% PCW the following claim can be used:
This brochure is printed on Mohawk Options 100% PCW manufactured entirely with wind generated electricity and contains 100% post-consumer recycled fiber. This paper is certified by Green Seal.
Sustainability is good citizenship and good business. By choosing some of the components when purchasing paper, you help the university deliver a message that demonstrates a respect for the environment. Together we can establish a competitive advantage, enhancing our public image, especially with environmentally aware consumers, and send a socially responsible message to our community, students, parents, business partners and to our next generation.
Source: Mohawk Fine Papers


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