William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award

Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer (1922-2003). Dr. Schaeffer was known and widely respected for providing environmentally sound activities for the graphic communications industries and a rational perspective for those who develop environmental regulations for the industry.

How to Nominate Someone

  • Using the eligibility requirements as a guide, provide a detailed description of a candidate's actions and results of their efforts as they specifically apply to the nomination criteria.
  • Supply a detailed biography and descriptions of accomplishments for the candidate. Past successful nominations focused on the results of a candidate's efforts and how they benefited the industry rather than listing what the candidate had done.
  • Complete the nomination form.
  • Letters of support for the candidate are highly encouraged.
  • Submit all required and supplemental materials to:

    PRINTING United Alliance
    Government Affairs Department
    10015 Main Street
    Fairfax, VA 22031
    Email: govtaffairs@printing.org

Eligible candidates will be judged on how their actions benefited the industry in the areas listed below. It is recommended that a candidate has demonstrated activity in a number of criteria, with significant accomplishments in at least one.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Education—increasing knowledge of environmental effects of materials and processes employed in printing operations to both the printing industry and regulatory agencies (e.g., did the nominee conduct or participate in studies relating to the printing or binding process?)
  • Public Relations—promotion of a wholesome and active graphic communications image by addressing and mitigating regulatory and public concerns for the environmental impact of graphic communications operations (e.g., did the nominee project a positive reputation by developing strong working relationships with regulatory agencies that had a positive impact for the entire subsegment of the industry?)
  • Continuous Improvement—encouragement of better sustainable business practices and reduction of health hazards within the printing industry (e.g., did the nominee develop environmental compliance programs or technology, or did the nominee promote new sustainability procedures designed to simultaneously protect the environment?)
  • Compliance Assistance—industry assistance with EPA and OSHA regulations (e.g., did the nominee effectively communicate requirements of new regulations?)
  • Regulatory Issue Involvement—investments of time and/or personal or organizational resources that have benefited the industry in terms of cost savings, more reasonable regulations, improved community relations, and/or a more wholesome work environment (e.g., did the nominee show dedication or direct resources toward improving regulatory requirements for the industry?)
  • Pioneering Efforts—unique efforts or creation of an original sustainable development that contributed to healthier working conditions and improved environmental control (e.g., did the nominee develop a system or product that reduced environmental or health hazards?)

Previous winners are not eligible for a second award. Candidates do not have to be members of PRINTING United Alliance.

If you would like to view an example of a model submission, please email govtaffairs@printing.org.

History of the Award

Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer (1922-2003). Dr. Schaeffer was known and widely respected for providing environmentally sound activities for the graphic communications industries and a rational perspective for those who develop environmental regulations for the industry. Schaeffer directed PRINTING United Alliance (formerly GATF)'s Research Department activities for 20 years before retiring in 1989. In 1983 he became the executive director of the Environmental Conservation Board of the Graphic Communications Industry (ECB), Inc., a post he held until 1991. His ongoing environmental advocacy typifies the leadership activities expected of award recipients, said PRINTING United Alliance's Research Steering Committee. Nominations are judged by past Schaeffer Award winners and industry leaders. The recipient is presented with an engraved plaque.

Past Recipients of the Schaeffer Award

  • 2020 No Award Given
  • 2019 No Award Given
  • 2018 Paul Gutkowski
  • 2017 George Fuchs
  • 2016 Robert Fricke
  • 2015 Calvin Frost
  • 2014 Gary Jones
  • 2013 Laura M Thompson
  • 2012 No Award Given
  • 2011 Stephen R. Whittaker
  • 2010 Dr. Gary David Miller
  • 2009 Doreen Monteleone
  • 2008 Marilyn Jones
  • 2007 Robert Birkland
  • 2006 Stuart McMichael
  • 2005 Mark J. Flannery
  • 2004 J. Thomas Ravn
  • 2003 Frank C. Barnett
  • 2002 No Award Given
  • 2001 Marcia Y. Kinter
  • 2000 Dale Kalina
  • 1999 Jeffrey R. Adrian
  • 1998 Walter Zerweck
  • 1997 David Johnson
  • 1996 Henry Rodriguez
  • 1995 Gerald M. Bonetto
  • 1994 Thomas W. Reese
  • 1993 Gerald J. Bender
  • 1992 Harvey F. George
  • 1991 Dr. Albert R. Materazzi
  • 1990 Dr. William D. Schaeffer