William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award

 Honoring an individual who has unselfishly made significant contributions towards sustainability practices in the graphic communications industry.

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Thompson of Sappi Fine Paper North America, recipient of the 2013 William D. Schaeffer Award.

“All of this year’s candidates were extremely well qualified, but Laura Thompson excelled in every area including education, public relations, continuous improvement, compliance assistance, regulatory issue involvement, and pioneering efforts. She freely shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for sustainable practices, which helps to advance the environmental performance of the entire printing industry."
-2013 Shaeffer Award Judge
Read the full press release here.

Award Background
Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer (1922–2003), who is celebrated for his contributions to environmental issues facing the graphic communications industry. Nominations are judged by past Schaeffer Award winners and industry leaders. The recipient is presented with an engraved plaque at Printing Industries of America’s Spring Administrative Meetings in June 2014.

The Schaeffer Award serves to recognize an individual’s focus on advancing environmental awareness and action in the graphic communications industry as a whole. A candidate’s accomplishments should go above and beyond job requirements or display an unselfish contribution to the industry not solely for a particular organization’s commercial gain.

The ongoing environmental advocacy of Dr. Schaffer typifies the leadership activities expected of award recipients. Individuals must have sustained long-term efforts (on the order of several years or more) that have resulted in successful environmental programs and improvements.

Previous winners are not eligible for a second award. Candidates do not have to be Printing Industries of America members.

For more information, contact Kristina Iorio at 412-259-1721 or kiorio@printing.org.

Published on Saturday, October 22, 2005 (updated 05/30/2014)

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