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SGP Sets Ambitious Environmental and Sustainability Goals for the Printing Industry

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New Board and Executive Director Plan to Increase Facility Certifications and Brand Participation
Fairfax, VA - The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has elected a new board of directors and hired Brittany Sutphin as Executive Director to help the organization achieve an ambitious set of objectives for 2017. SGP anticipates certifying more than 50 new facilities this year, doubling the number of certified sustainable printers in the United States and Canada and continuing the Partnership's drive toward a fully sustainable future for the industry. 
Supported by patrons including 3M, International Paper, and Hewlett-Packard, SGP is recognized as a global leader in eco-friendly innovation and best practices for the printing industry. In addition to certifying printers who comply with rigorous environmental best practices, the organization conducts conferences, seminars, academic studies, and sharing sessions to help print manufacturers and print buyers create sustainable supply chains. The newly elected board is made up of print professionals from all backgrounds, including: 
  • Technical Committee Chair Marci Kinter, SGIA
  • Secretary Jodi Sawyer, FLEXcon 
  • Treasurer Doreen Monteleone, FTA
  • SGP Foundation Chair, Jonathan Graham, TE Connectivity
  • Chair Lynn Krinsky, Stella Color
  • And 14 other professionals from respected corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions
At the helm is Brittany Sutphin, Executive Director. Brittany launched her career in the printing industry five years ago at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), where she assisted printing facilities with identifying and implementing sustainable best practices. In 2014, Brittany began volunteering with SGP as the Program Manager and participating on SGP's Technical and Marketing Committees. 

With its new board and Executive Director, SGP is committed to aggressive goals this year. At its December meeting, the Board resolved to double the number of facilities it certifies and increase engagement with suppliers, retail brands, and other organizations that commit to working with certified facilities to create a sustainable printing supply chain. While each print facility is unique, certification will help these 50 new printers achieve similar environmental impact of existing SGP certified facilities. Based on the Board Report of the SGP Certified Facility Survey, certified facilities could get similar environmental impact. 

If SGP succeeds in reaching these goals, the impact on the environment will be significant. Currently, certified facilities benefit the environment in the following ways: 
  • 62% of certified facilities divert a higher volume of materials from landfills and incineration by increasing recycling.
  • 62% of certified facilities significantly reduce VOC emissions.
  • 52% of certified facilities report reduced energy consumption, lowering operating costs and waste.
"Our 2017 objectives are challenging," says Sutphin. "We are committed to creating a more sustainable supply chain for print buyers and helping print facilities grow by becoming certified sustainable printers." 

Print facilities interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, transitioning to sustainable materials, and winning new business from organizations that require sustainable printing practices from their suppliers should visit www.sgppartnership.org/certification/ to learn more about becoming SGP certified in 2017. 

To learn more about working with SGP as a patron or Brand Leader, please contact Brittany Sutphin directly at  [email protected] or 703.359.1376. 

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