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Environmental Paper Network Launches Extensive Update to its Paper Calculator

By Joshua Martin

Popular environmental impact estimator aims to drive innovation in paper use and purchasing

Asheville, NC – An improved web-based Paper Calculator, launched today by the Environmental Paper Network-North America, will provide tens of thousands of annual users with new information and features to help them measure the impacts of their paper and reduce that impact through better choices.

Paper Calculator version 4 is the most comprehensive update of this tool to be released. It delivers more expansive environmental impact categories including additional pollutants and new biodiversity and ecosystem impacts, for a total of 24 indicators in all. It provides more accurate climate change reporting and has been updated with the latest paper industry and life cycle assessment data from trusted sources. Additionally, the new calculator covers an expanded range of paper grades, and now includes the growing sector of tissue products.

This new version is powered by a next-generation life cycle assessment that continues the tool’s legacy of innovation in the field. These updates reflect a multi-year effort by experts from leading environmental groups, such as CanopyNatural Resources Defense CouncilNational Wildlife FederationSierra Club and Conservatree, as well as representatives from academia and business, including the University of Southern California and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The process was facilitated by SCS Global Services, a leading third-party certifier and standards developer.

“These important LCA updates will not only help users make even more informed choices about paper products than ever before, but also set a new benchmark of transparency for other product sectors,” said Keith Killpack, SCS’ Manager of LCA Services. “We congratulate the Environmental Paper Network for its continued leadership in support of responsible sourcing.”

The Paper Calculator’s user experience has also been enhanced. Like the earlier version, version 4 is easy to operate and can be used to generate custom reports. Version 4 also provides users with new resources, such as detailed descriptions and common product examples of the paper grades included, a feature to calculate the weight of a user’s copy paper using the number of reams or sheets, and improved transparency via a new resource document that details the calculator’s methods.

Global paper consumption is steadily increasing, and North Americans consume more paper than anyone else in the world. Packaging and tissue products are driving growth, and while replacing single-use plastics with paper is currently trendy, it creates more pressure on forest ecosystems. Reducing our impact on the planet is critical, and awareness and measurement are key pieces of the puzzle.

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Three Ways to Score Savings with Your Waste Program

By Guest Author, Energy Manager Today

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

We’re glued to the NBA finals. Baseball season is in full swing. But, I want to bring us back to an unprecedented win from football season. Amongst the hype, one story continues to impact us long after the final whistle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots: a collaboration to achieve a zero waste game at US Bank Stadium. Rush2Recycle aimed to recover more than 90% of the waste generated during the game and to send the remaining 10% to a waste-to-energy incineration plant.

The project leveraged:

• Three-bin collection systems for trash, recycling and composting
• Compostable service-ware, including cups, trays, straws and utensils
• Ambassadors to guide fans on disposal
• Hand-sorting the waste stream behind-the-scenes to recover what the public missed

When US Bank Stadium, Pepsi Co, Aramark, and the NFL announced the final score, Rush2Recycle had successfully recovered 91% of all gameday garbage. Nearly 63 tons (enough to fill 4,500 bathtubs) of the 69 tons were recycled or donated for reuse (62%) and composted (29%). This high-profile project demonstrated what we can achieve with creativity, cooperation, and a little innovation. If a stadium full of almost 70,000 intensely focused fans of mixed allegiance, hailing from all 50 states can strive for zero waste, so can your business.

And, what better time to start than now?

Whether you’re motivated by committing to sustainability, complying with increasing state and local legislation, or streamlining pickups and saving money, here’s what you need to know in 2018 to score waste savings for your company:

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SGP Participates in the Green Sports Alliance Summit “PLAYING GREENER” in Atlanta

By World Press Online

SGP joins the discussion as a Community Partner at the annual conference
SAYVILLE, NY – June 20, 2018 – The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, announced its participation in the Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 26-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. The Green Sports Alliance Summit is a key meeting for the sports industry focused on sustainability through sharing best practices, workshops and seminars.
“I am looking forward to great discussions with the Green Sports Alliance and its 193 sports teams committed to sustainable practices. With venues using a tremendous amount of print including outdoor signage and arena graphics, the Summit helps align the sustainability goals of these teams with SGP as the leading independent, full facility certification for printers committed to a more sustainable future,” said Jodi Sawyer, chair of SGP board and market development manager at FLEXcon. “As a key supplier of all types of printed materials, the sport industry can trust SGP certified printers to deliver print with the best possible sustainable profile.”
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities. The Alliance was conceived and founded by the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, Key Arena, Vancouver Canucks and the Natural Resources Defense Council with support from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Green Building Services, and Milepost Consulting. The Alliance’s primary goal is to educate, encourage and inspire action across the sports industry through seven key areas: Energy, food, procurement, transportation, venue, waste and water.
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