TO REDUCE the environmental impact of their operations, in-plants are reexamining the way they do things. As a result, soy-based inks, water-soluble solvents and recycled/FSC-certified paper are becoming commonplace. In-plants are switching to chemistry-free CTP, promoting duplexing and initiating recycling programs—all in the name of improving their image and doing the right thing for the environment.
These initiatives can have added benefits too. They align the in-plant more closely with its parent organization's sustainability goals and can even bring in new business from customers looking for the greenest possible printing. That's what Steven Rigby found when his in-plant at Washington State University started making some changes for the greener, including getting FSC chain-of-custody certification.
"There are a lot of environmentally minded people on campus and, when we told them what we were doing, they were extremely interested," says Rigby, director of Printing Services. "It's a matter of pride for customers to see their publications printed with the FSC-certified logo." Our cover story details how this in-plant has successfully reduced its environmental footprint, and how the operation is prospering as a result.
Going green isn't the only noteworthy thing that WSU doing, though. The in-plant started offering Web services several years ago. Now, as some publications move to electronic delivery, University Publishing is in position to retain this business. The Web unit has doubled in size in recent years and has become an integrated cross-media operation, with Web and print complementing each other on many projects. The unit offers everything from e-mails, to content management, to Web site development.
Finding new services like this that your in-plant can offer makes it more valuable to customers, thus ensuring its survival. We looked into value-added services in another of our stories this month. Ideas include not only e-mail services, but variable data and mail-related services, as well as photography and video.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.