Hard to imagine a year ago I was taking a photo of a co-worker posing from inside a trash dumpster for our first ever Green edition of our in-house newsletter the Worker Bee. Why did we pose Don in the dumpster? Simple, we had been conducting periodic dumpster dives in our own trash to see if the recycling was getting recycled and the trash was truly trash – its was all part of our efforts to incorporate and promote green practices within our organization.
Fast forward to this past Wednesday (Earth Day) to a meeting with our executive team and a team from the Green MBA (Dominican University, San Rafael, CA). For the past 4 months, Diablo Publications has sponsored a project in conjunction with Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to determine our status in qualifying for a Green Business Certification. Last week we received the final report detailing the results and recommendations for completion.
The ABAG certification will provide the foundation we are looking for to align our continuous improving green management policies with recognized best practices in solid waste and recycling, energy consumption, water conservation and pollution prevention. As a result of the project, we now know where we stand, and what steps we need to take in order to qualify for certification. We will keep you posted when we officially achieve this goal!
In addition to exploring our internal sustainable initiatives we are also committed to working with vendors who utilize best green practices. Because of this we can offer print products that are produced using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified paper; chlorine-free recycled paper; and soy based ink printing. We are committed not just to the clients who demand these attributes for their pieces, but we also commit to educating our existing clients on this topic as well.
We have come a long way since dumpster diving a year ago and I am proud to say that DCP understands the value of the overall commitment to sustainability and its lasting impact on future generations. We embrace our role as an industry and community leader and take responsibility for our part.