The Monday afternoon Printing Industries of America/Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) press conference was a celebration of sorts, as it recognized the third anniversary of the founding of the SGP.
The organization, the only whole facility sustainable certification program for the graphic communications industry, addresses multiple print platforms that include lithographic, flexographic, screen, digital, and binding and finishing operations. It has certified 36 facilities, with five more in the audit process, and now enjoys backing from almost a dozen supporting patrons, including HP, Pregis, Durst, and Xpedx.
Despite these attainments, SGP is by no means standing pat as it enters its fourth year.
Among initiatives it is pursuing are several aimed at helping both printers and print purchasers better understand its mission. First, the organization has introduced a new logo designed to ensure it better reflects sustainability. Second, the SGP has a new website with certification instructions, easy-to-find certified facilities, and a simpler to navigate format. In addition, its criteria have been newly revised and restructured. The site now provides an in-depth view of the organization’s history and key milestones—such as the company’s 35th certified printer.
Also part of the conference was introduction of a Hewlett-Packard/SGP video series, in which representatives of SGP-certified companies discuss the benefits of certification. The first of the videos should be up and running next week on the SGP website.