How much is a copy of my “Handbook for Sustainable Projects – Global Sustainability and Project Management” environmentally sustainable?
Having found no information or logo printed on it, I sent an inquiry directly to the publishing company. Here is, briefly, the response.
Since they are a manufacture on-demand company (“print on demand”), they produce units only as they are ordered, which reduces the excess of production. All of their acid-free, interior paper stock is supplied by an FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council®) provider. The 60# (weight) off-set cream paper for black and white book interiors is made from 30% post-consumer waste recycled material. The company itself maintains a commitment to recycling waste materials resulting from the printing process and from daily office operations, and will continue to review its practices to ensure that they are doing their part to protect the environment.
I can add that the copies of the book, generally, are printed in the place in which they are ordered in the world, reducing therefore the shipping impacts on the environment and improving the local economy.
The Forest Stewardship Council® is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. They define best practices for forestry that addresses social and environmental issues and set standards of forest management, which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. They protect biodiversity, endangered species, rights of indigenous peoples, rights of workers, and areas of significant environmental or cultural importance. When forest operations meet FSC requirements, the materials and products can carry the FSC label.
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) code of the book is associated with the chosen kind of paper and, if I had known it in advance, I would have preferred the cream one and not the white one, making it more sustainable. There are always time and ways for improvements.
Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
Published as a LinkedIn blog post in July 2014