Submitted: The Two Sides Team December 27, 2012
Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership, a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, today announces that the Washington, DC location of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has attained SGP Certification.
December 10 2012
Sustainable Green Printing
Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership, a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, today announces that the Washington, DC location of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has attained SGP Certification. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. GPO met SGPs Certification criteria, which is based on a continuous improvement process involving the agencys procedures, equipment, and production materials.
SGP Certification is important to GPOs Strategic Plan for FY 2013-2017, which identifies environmental stewardship as a priority. The plan specifies recycling, reducing energy consumption, reducing GPOs carbon footprint, and providing Federal customers with sustainable printing alternatives as continuing initiatives for the agency. SGP Certification builds upon other certifications the agency has received recently, including the IDEAlliance Master Printer certification and the certification of Graphic Arts Industry Color Viewing Standard ISO 3664:2009.
GPO is committed to smart environmental practices and will continue moving forward with environmental initiatives, said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. I am proud that GPO received the SGP Certification and is being recognized for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and provide customers with sustainable printing options.
The addition of the US Government Printing Office to the community of SGP Certified printers confirms the Federal Governments commitment to increase their sustainability footprint, states Marci Kinter, chairperson, SGP.
GPO is the Federal Governments primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPOs Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.
For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov