by Anneli Rufus
For being so green, University of California Press has just won a SustainPrint Award from Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines, it was announced yesterday.
UC Press received the SustainPrint Longtime Leader Award, having established a corporate environmental sustainability policy in 1995. The company uses post-consumer recycled content paper in about 75 percent of the approximately 200 books it publishes each year. About half of UC Press' books are printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper, and 25 percent on paper certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. UC Press' dust jackets and paperback covers also usually contain recycled content.
"We strive to be 'green' from cover to cover," explains Director of Design and Production Anthony Crouch. "University of California Press is honored to be the recipient of this Longtime Leader Award. Many university presses are now increasingly supportive of the sustainable approach. ... For me it has been an education on this journey, to realize the legacy that we leave behind from our stewardship of the environment. Each of us can make a contribution toward influencing the future outcome of our endeavors during our professional lives."
The 2009 SustainPrint Awards were selected from nominations by a panel of judges and will be presented on March 23 at an awards dinner held during the Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York.