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On February 13th, 2024, GBA held a webinar to discuss using the Printer-Publisher Checklist. A recording and presentation slides are available below.


Event Description

In early 2023, the Green Book Alliance, a sustainability forum for the book business founded by Book Industry Communication (U.K. and Ireland), BookNet Canada, and the Book Industry Study Group (U.S.), released its printer-publisher checklist. Crafted as a document that could help printers and publishers start or extend their conversations about sustainable practices, the checklist has been increasingly used to inform decisions about environmentally favourable book production processes.


In this webinar, we’ll describe how the checklist was developed in concert with printers and publishers, the best practices it outlines, and how it is currently being used. Come to this session to hear how it can help your business reduce its impact on the environment while also fostering meaningful dialogue with your trading partners about their practices and plans.


Moderator:

Brian O'Leary, BISG


Panelists:

EJ Hurst (New Society Publishers)

EJ Hurst is Sales Manager and Sustainability Lead for New Society Publishers. She is dedicated to New Society's sustainability goals and is delighted to be part of a team helping to shape public perception about sustainable publishing and raise awareness within the book industry. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has been the head of sustainability at New Society Publishers since 2021.


Dirk Hiler & Bryce Inman (Lakeside Book Company)

​​Dirk Hiler started his professional career at RR Donnelley in 1986. Over the last 35 years, Dirk has held numerous engineering and manufacturing positions with RRD, LSC Communications and Lakeside Book, spending the past 25 years in the book side of the business. For the past 10 years he has been overseeing all book manufacturing operations, and as President of Operations at Lakeside Book he also is responsible for many support functions which include EHS and sustainability efforts. He has been a longtime contributor to the book industry and BMI, most notably leading the committee working on the Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST) and supporting the educational book business in leadership roles with ACTS.


Bryce Inman has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies (emphasis in Policy & Values) as well as a LEED Green Associate Certification. She has worked at Lakeside Book Company for five years, recently taking on the role of Sustainability Specialist where her focus is on meeting reporting requests and leading initiatives to reduce waste and emissions.


Watch the webinar recording below or follow this link.






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