Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS) Is Now a Little Greener

YPPS has received Chain-of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), which is a non-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The certification came through the Rainforest Alliance™, which is accredited by the FSC and is today the world’s leading nonprofit FSC certifier.

The FSC Chain-of-Custody certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified and kept separate from non-certified material.

While YPPS has offered and used FSC certified stocks for the past 6 years, they can now tout their support of FSC’s mission of responsible forest management with the FSC logo on finished print pieces. With an FSC brand, a printed piece has been monitored from the forest to the mills and from the printing press to the mailbox.

“Previously, the cost and process to become certified was so prohibitive that we didn’t pursue it.  But recently with industry changes, it takes about ¼ of the time to apply at 1/8 of the price,” said Jeff Gworek, director of YPPS.  

To receive certification, 45 of YPPS’s staff members had to be trained, including warehouse receivers, designers, QC managers and customer service reps. Then the entire operation was audited by an outside group. The chain-of-custody process begins when products are placed in the warehouse and tagged FSC appropriate.  When an FSC job ticket is activated, staff members handle it accordingly.

“Basically, anyone whose hand touches a print job was trained and now understands how to acknowledge an FCS print piece when it comes through,” said Jason England, YPPS graphic designer and prepress specialist, who managed the certification project. 

Now YPPS can brand print jobs “FSC certified” signifying that the products used were part of a chain-of-custody linking responsible production and the consumption of forest products. Yale units can continue to print on paper and paper products knowing there is less of an impact on the environment.

 “We were pretty excited when the auditor expressed that our facility was the greenest and neatest he’d ever seen,” said Gworek. 

A month after the on-site audit, YPPS received a formal email stating its official certification. Yale is the only other Ivy League school besides Dartmouth to have this certification.

Anyone wanting more information about sustainable products and printing through YPPS, please call 203-432-6560 or visit http://ypps.yale.edu/fsc for a list of FSC certified paper products.