Building a sustainable future for printing with wind energy
Renewable energy is a new trend in business, and one more step in the direction of a self-sustainable internal economy for the USA, Monroe Litho has been on the bandwagon since June 5th, 2006 with 100% aeolic wind energy.
Chris Pape, CEO at Monroe Litho explains that in the USA, his is the first commercial printer company to go totally aeolic, and one of the pioneering businesses in the local area.
1.8 million kilowatt hours of power each year is what Monroe Litho is used to buying, which will now be a strictly wind energy endeavor, saving some 2.5 million pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
This is a huge commitment, and its just one example of our companys plans to improve and protect our environment. – Chris Pape
That comes to some the sum total of planting 134,000 trees or cutting the emissions from some 140 cars totally off the highway or simply obliterating 1.7 million miles worth of automotive driving.
The conventional power generation used up until the 5th of June, 2006 by Monroe Litho is what the company is looking to move away from totally as a nation, and Pape knows that this is the kind of image their looking for.
More and more, whats good for the environment is good for business, Pape says.
Going green though is not going to generate initial profit, as wind-energy is more expensive for Monroe Litho at the moment.
Investing in new technology, more powerful machines in the Press business to make a top of the line product and still be green, is what will make bigger sales.
Corporate social responsibility is the key to getting an edge for Chris Pape.
We think differently from most printers we take corporate social responsibility very seriously, says Pape. Going to 100 percent wind power was the next logical step in our environmental efforts. – Pape
Taking care of the environment must go farther than simply migrating to alternative energy consumption, a company has to take an active role in not-for-profit organizations that make a difference, such as Lithos commitment with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in 2004.
Paper must be continually renewed, and old growth trees of some 700 to 2000 years old, simply cannot be replenished within any reasonable time frame, which is why the FSC makes sure Monroe Litho gets only certified managed timber from proper environmental practices that are in accordance to natures law.
Monroe Litho has the company, local and global communities in mind, as they have taken measures to assure better practices on local levels as well.
Monroe Litho transformed 8,400 sq. feet of parking space in the local downtown into green area, began purchasing ink in recyclable barrels only, recycled almost 400 tons of post-consumer waste paper in 2005, reduced the companies annual VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions some 29 percent due to five years worth of eco-economy.
Monroe Lithos efforts managed to generate some 25 FSC certified jobs in 2005 alone.
Our goal is to minimize the impact of our customers printing projects on the environment, explains Pape. All of our efforts including going to 100 percent wind-generated power are aimed at ensuring a cleaner, more secure future for our company and our community.
This opens the market for Monroe Litho. Wind energy combined with sustainable practices that go from forest management to internal restructure for a more renewable future are what make pioneering companies like Monroe Litho worthy of the Native American proverb, we did not inherit the earth from our parents but are borrowing it from our children.
Monroe Litho Inc
39 Delevan St
Rochester, NY 14605
phone: 585-454-3290 or 1-888-654-8461