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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
Green Printing (SGP) PartnershipSM when Padilla stated, “Toyota wants to work with SGP Printers in the future.” The afternoon continued with 10 breakout sessions covering a wide variety of ways printers can become more sustainable. “The session ‘Reduce Your Energy and Transportation Footprint’ off ered great explanations of how two companies are working sustainability with complex business conditions and takes away our ‘excuses’ for why it’s too hard to be sustainable,” said Donohue. Hammer interjected, “The session ‘SGP Certifi cation Process: What to Expect’ was extremely informative and really laid out what we need to do at our company internally.” The last day included 12 roundtables, which allowed attendees to talk about what they experience in their facilities and share insights. Donohue proclaimed, “I wanted to be in multiple places at one time. I chose ‘Greenwashing’ and ‘Working with Your Customers,’ which I really wanted to attend. I also wanted to attend the Lean and Green table but could not.” Ashford insisted, “I got a lot out of the ‘Energy Reduction Practices’ and met some companies to network with on their programs.” The conference wrapped up with a panel consisting of three certifi ed SGP Printers, including Donohue. They discussed the whys and hows of becoming a certifi ed SGP Printer with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. “The SGP Printer panel helped me to get a better game plan in place in our SGP certifi cation process,” commented Downey. Ashford claimed, “It helped outline some of the challenges they faced going through certifi cation.” When asked if attendees took home useful information, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” “We immediately began strategizing about our SMS; and met with sales and operations about educating our customers,” asserted Donohue. Downey commented, “I got information we can use both short and long tem in how we want to position ourselves with our own sustainability initiative.” “The SGP information helped us con- nect the dots on our program and made our gap areas come to light. I made some great contacts and plan on using them to network,” stated Ashford. She added, “We plan on doing a plant tour with Tension Envelope and looking at their energy reduction activities. Coating Excellence and Global have been great resources on what to do for SGP certifi cation.” Final comments from FTA members who attended NEHS ’09 were extremely positive and make the eff ort the association puts into the event each year all worthwhile. Frimming noted, “I want to thank Doreen Monteleone and the rest of the team for putting together a very nice conference. I think the sustainability piece off ers an opportunity for growth for future conferences to pull in non traditional EHS people like prepress and CPCs. I especially enjoyed the FTA Social and thought that much of the discussion was very constructive. Thanks for your hard work! It really shows in the fi nal result!” Hammer concurred, saying, “Breakout sessions were some of the most informative I have attended at recent conferences, and I especially enjoyed the roundtable discussions to hear what other companies have done in certain areas.” Downey added, “Great conference thanks for your help with everything. I look forward to C&H Packaging becoming the 10th printer to be SGP certifi ed and telling everyone else how helpful you all have been in this process.” “This is the one place I return to every year—the only conference I insist on attending due to quality of content,” concluded Donohue. ■ If you don’t want to miss next year’s information fi lled event, mark March 15-17, 2010 on your calendar! For more information, contact Doreen M. Monteleone, director of special projects and EHS services at dmonteleone@ fl exography.org.