Sustainability

 

Today’s global marketplace requires you to differentiate yourself from the competition, and sustainability can be the ticket that sets you apart. Now, more than ever, both print buyers and the incoming workforce are favoring sustainable companies. 

Marci Kinter Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs

Since 1989, Marci has advocated on behalf of the industry before state and federal regulatory agencies. She is a leading expert on integration and adoption of environmental, and safety & health rules and regulations that impact our industry sector. Speaking before audiences at conventions, conferences, and other industry events, Marci understands what it takes to develop and integrate comprehensive plans and present them in a manner easily grasped and understood by the audience.

Marci holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.

Speaking Topics:

  • What it means to be a sustainable printer – or why “green” is a color and not an adjective
  • Sustainability in the Fashion Industry
  • Circular Economy and the Print Industry
  • Packaging issues—including Extended Producer Responsibility and Recycling issues facing the industry
  • Integration of safety programs into a printing operation
  • Safety and Health Compliance Issues
  • Environmental Compliance Issues
  • International trade issues
  • Chemical topics: TSCA; REACH compliance
  • CPSC: Children’s Products Programs
Gary Jones Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs

Gary A. Jones is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Affairs at PRINTING United Alliance in Fairfax, VA. His primary responsibility is to monitor and analyze EHS regulatory activities at all domestic and some international government levels. He provides representation on behalf of the printing and specialty graphic imaging industry. Mr. Jones works closely with the federal and state-level Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and other agencies. He also provides membership assistance on EHS compliance and sustainability programs through a variety of approaches including responding to inquiries, presentations, writing, and consulting services.

He holds a BS in biology from LaRoche College and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Speaking Topics:

  • Regulatory compliance and sustainability
  • Webinars on a wide variety of EHS related topics
  • Customized seminars and workshops, including: Compliance Today, Beyond Compliance Tomorrow, OSHA Compliance Essentials, and Hazardous Waste Boot Camp
  • Two-day workshops Environmental Compliance for Printers and OSHA Compliance for Printing

Investing in sustainability is not only a sound business decision but implementing sustainable business practices, such as operational efficiencies, can reduce your overhead costs and improve your environmental footprint. Learn more about sustainable business practices.


Recycling Initiatives

The business of recycling is in a state of flux. China’s Blue-Sky initiative has drastically reduced the accepted contamination levels in imported recycling. This has forced many countries, including the U.S. to figure out a domestic solution. A lack of domestic waste management infrastructure and a large drop in foreign demand of recycled materials has made avoiding the landfill vastly more challenging. Many organizations including the federal government and many state governments are working to rectify this issue through creating secondary markets, supporting local recycling facilities still in business, and hosting events to educate people about how to responsibly manage their waste. Get involved and learn more about these solution efforts here!

Issues and Trends

Encouraging the incorporation of practices that benefit your triple bottom line—people, planet, profit—through using innovative manufacturing methods, systems, and materials that gear toward a circular economy is the backbone of PRINTING United Alliance’s sustainability efforts. Adoption and integration of these practices play a central role in the continuing growth and success of the imaging marketplace and allow us to responsibly provide for future generations. Learn more about relevant topics and trends in the sustainability space such as extended producer responsibility regulations, circular economy efforts, sustainable packaging, renewable energy, bans on single-use plastic, etc.

Sustainable Business Recognition Program

Get recognized for your sustainability initiatives! Each year, we award companies for contributing to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. You are probably doing more to be sustainable than you think! Read more about the SDGs and the Sustainable Business Recognition Program.

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

Companies desiring to be recognized for their sustainability program through a transparent third-party program should consider becoming certified under the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. To avoid the stigma of “greenwashing,” PRINTING United Alliance supports and endorses the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Program as the certification program that recognizes the adoption of sustainable business practices within our industry sector. Best industry practices have shown that improving transparent sustainability procedures while decreasing your environmental footprint can increase consumer confidence and lead to a healthier bottom line. Obtain validation through the third-party sustainability certification offered by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).

Questions?

For more information about our Sustainability Resources, please contact PRINTING United Alliance's Government Affairs Department.
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