University Publishing’s Sustainability Program is a leader nationally and among Washington state’s printing agencies, reaching beyond the standards set by state and University policies. Most recently, UP was the first university printer in the nation to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and first among the Washington state printing agencies to implement digital press technology.
Forest Stewardship Council Certification
The FSC, a nonprofit organization, has established comprehensive and rigorous standards for responsible forestry. The FSC logo on a publication represents an unbroken chain of custody, from the standing trees to the final printed publication. University Publishing at WSU is the first university printing plant in the nation to achieve FSC certification. For more information about FSC, visit www.fsc.org.
Digital Press Technology
University Publishing’s digital press presents an environmentally responsible option for short-run, high-quality color publications. This resource-saving technology:
- eliminates paper and ink waste
- eliminates the use of printing film and printing plates
- facilitates swift production of the quantity needed, as needed, with minimal excess use of materials
Océ Copy Press Technology
In August 2008, University Publishing installed Océ photocopiers that use new technology to press the image into the paper using a low fusing temperature. The new technology produces excellent copies that rival the quality of offset printing. It also has significant environmental benefits, including minimal ozone emissions (less than 1/100th of the level specified by the most stringent legislation). This technology produces no toner waste, does not require chemical developers, and significantly cuts energy consumption by using a 50 percent lower fusing temperature.