ECOPRINT BECOMES FIRST
PRINTER TO GO ‘CARBON
SILVER SPRING, MD – June 29, 2006—Continuing its 29-year commitment to environmental sustainability, Ecoprint today announced that it has become a ‘carbon neutral’ company with a net climate impact of zero.
“The movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ has inspired me to make our company ‘carbon neutral’ with zero climate impact,” said Roger Telschow, founder and president of the Silver Spring, MD-based printing and mailing company, Ecoprint (www.ecoprint.com
). “though I have been concerned about global warming since my participation in the first Earth Day in 1970.”
“Human beings are facing an extraordinary environmental challenge,” said Telschow “and we must respond to it immediately and wholeheartedly. Everyone will have to take part, but I believe leadership from all sectors of business is vital. We want to be part of the solution.”
Founded in 1977, Ecoprint began as an in-house printshop at an environmental nonprofit, and was spun off by Telschow as a commercial enterprise in 1983. Ecoprint has been a consistent innovator, leading its industry by creating new recycled papers, receiving an EPA grant to invent a new line of metal-free “Eco-inks,” and in 2003 becoming the first company in the Washington, DC area to go with 100% wind energy.
Ecoprint has greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, from over 200 tons of CO2 per year in 2001 to only 90 tons last year. By becoming carbon neutral, those remaining emissions will be offset with renewable energy credits purchased through the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) (www.cleanenergypartnership.org
), and ongoing investment in other carbon-reduction programs.
CEP is a Maryland-based nonprofit group organizing businesses in the Chesapeake Bay area to fight global warming and air pollution. “Ecoprint is once again demonstrating bold leadership by becoming carbon neutral,” said CEP’s President, Gary Skulnik. “They have undertaken a careful accounting of their GHG emissions from transportation, employee commuting, heating and manufacturing, and are offsetting them 100%.”
Ecoprint’s purchase of CEP’s renewable energy credits offsets CO2 emissions with investments in wind, biomass, landfill gas, or solar energy sources.
To ensure accurate calculation of annual GHG emissions, Ecoprint has signed on with the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program (www.epa.gov/climateleaders
), which provides technical support and a rigorous annual audit of emissions. Ecoprint joins 90 other companies with EPA’s program.
Ecoprint is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, and provides nonprofit organizations and progressive businesses with printing, design, and mailing services. The company has stayed at the leading edge of environmental innovation by beta-testing new recycled and chlorine free papers, some of which it helped develop over the years. Ecoprint customers include many environmental action groups and progressive businesses who value the company’s 100% wind powered operation and offerings of eco-friendly papers and inks.
Ecoprint began as a printshop on wheels. In 1977, a printing press was bolted to the floor of an old reconverted school bus that doubled as a campaign vehicle for a grassroots political action group called “Initiative America.” As the bus traveled around the country, the on-board printshop cranked out the group’s flyers. Eventually, the shop took on paying work from other environmental action groups to fund its operations. In 1983, the printshop was spun off by Telschow to become a for-profit company true to its environmental roots.
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