Commercial Printer Signs On for 100% Wind Power

Since Monroe Litho signed a contract to purchase approximately 1.8 million kilowatt hours of power each year in early June, all of its electricity is from clean, renewable, wind-generated sources. Not only does this commitment reflect the commercial printer’s intention to safeguard the environment and natural resources, but its client roster includes five of the top 10 environmental organizations in the country.

“We’re one of the first commercial printers in the U.S. — and one of the first local businesses — to go with 100 percent wind power,” explains Chris Pape, CEO of Monroe Litho. “This is a huge commitment, and it’s just one example of our company’s plans to improve and protect our environment.” Pape adds, “More and more, what’s good for the environment is good for business.” Monroe Litho’s annual wind power purchase will offset approximately 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been released into the atmosphere through conventional power generation. This is the equivalent of planting 134,000 trees, and eliminating 1.7 million miles of automobile driving or taking 140 cars off the highway every year. In 2004, Monroe Litho became the seventh graphic communications company in the country to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international, not-for-profit organization that ensures forests are managed in a responsible manner, making them a truly renewable resource. Monroe Litho encourages its customers to produce projects carrying the FSC designation, which certifies the paper is produced from pulp that comes from forests that are managed according to these proper environmental practices. In addition to the wind power purchase and FSC designation, Monroe Litho purchases ink in recyclable barrels; recycled nearly 400 tons of post-consumer waste paper in the last year; and reduced annual volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions 29 percent in the last five years as a result of process updates and changes. “Our goal is to minimize the impact of our customers’ printing projects on the environment,” explains Pape. “All of our efforts — including going to 100 percent wind-generated power — are aimed at ensuring a cleaner, more secure future for our company and our community.”
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