Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)

SGP Partnership Announces October Event, Print Procurement Guidelines and SGP Strategist Certification

Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership announces a new event designed for sustainability-minded print procurement and printing industry enthusiasts, towards the advancement of sustainable print. Thursday, October 23, 2014 SGP will be hosting their first annual SGP Community Gathering in Las Vegas at the LV Convention Center, co-located with the SGIAExpo. Attendees will be inspired by case studies from peer print buyers and printing facilities and will take away proven sustainability best practices they can incorporate into their own sustainability strategic plans and management systems.

This free, one-day, jam-packed educational event will kick off with two morning, invitation-only, sessions – introduction of SGP Partnership’s Sustainable Print Procurement Guidelines and the inaugural workshop towards SGP Strategist Certification. Followed by the SGIA-hosted keynote luncheon, exemplary sustainable print practices shared by elite brand print buyers, award winning sustainability projects and case studies presented by SGP Certified Facilities and the most relevant and current insights into evolving sustainability-driven advances in print materials and technologies by global industry leaders like HP, Ricoh, 3M, Flexcon, Hexacomb, Hart Consulting, Dupont, Fujifilm and Laird Plastics.

As corporations continue to increase expectations that their supply chains are performing responsibility, socially and environmentally, print procurement subject matter experts and sustainability managers-alike, have approached SGP for recommendations. Big brands want to ensure their printed materials are bought wisely, based on industry-supported best practices that will most likely align with and potentially advance their own CSR and sustainability-driven initiatives and goals. SGP developed Sustainable Print Procurement Guidelines in response to those inquiries and to assist in educating and assuring all levels of print buyers that they are buying print responsibility. These guidelines will provide print buyers a checklist of sustainability-driven sourcing and procurement best practices, which aligns with SGP Certification criteria.

The new SGP Strategist Certification will empower sustainable-print enthusiasts with insights about and in utilizing the SGP Community towards helping them advance and achieve their own sustainability goals. This two-hour curriculum is available to verified print buyers and all SGP Community partners: SGP Advisory Board, SGP Certified Facilities, SGP Material and Solution Providers (Patrons) and SGP Resource Partners (Trade Associations, NGOs, Academia, Peer Organizations). Subsequent SGP Strategist Certification virtual workshops will be fee and webinar based.

This dynamic one day SGP event will culminate with intimate small group Dialogue Dinners, hosted by SGP Board Members at various restaurant locations throughout Las Vegas. The SGP Community will begin receiving registration details early August. Early hotel reservations and timely event registration is recommended, as space will be limited. Interested print buyers and prospective print facility applicants who have not been active with SGP and would like to attend this unique event should send a request for invitation to info@sgppartnership.org.

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