SAN FRANCISCO, C.A., December 20, 2012 /3BL Media – Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced today that Harris LithoGraphics, a full-service printing company in Landover, MD, has joined Green-e(R) Marketplace after purchasing enough certified renewable energy certificates from U.S.-based wind energy through Clean Currents, to meet 100 percent of the total annual electricity needs for the printer’s entire U.S. operations. By participating in Green-e Marketplace, Harris LithoGraphics can now display the Green-e logo to inform its customers of its commitment to clean, renewable energy.
“Harris Lithographics is doing their part to reduce the environmental impact of their headquarters and equipment by using 100% domestic wind power,” said Orrin Cook, manager of Green-e Marketplace. “Their customers can feel good that they’ve chosen a printer that has taken important steps to be more green across their operations.”
Harris LithoGraphics’ sustainability efforts extend beyond their renewable energy purchase. The company uses only vegetable based inks instead of petroleum based products, and their print runs are tightly scheduled, which reduces the amount of ink used. Harris was also the first printer in the U.S. to receive chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council for its operations in 2003.
“As a sustainable printing company, Harris LithoGraphics is proud to be a part of the growing realization that our world and its resources have to be respected and nurtured,” said Quinn Harris, VP and Sales Manager at Harris Litho. “Our clients benefit from having their printed products displayed with not only the Green-e logo, but also the FSC-certified and vegetable-based symbols showing the world that they are doing their part also. We thank Green-e for working with us in this endeavor.”
Harris LithoGraphics joins a growing list of companies and organizations taking real action to reduce the impact of their energy use. Electricity generated from renewable sources results in less environmental waste and pollution and displaces other non-renewable sources from the electric grid. Harris LithoGraphics’ purchase of electricity created from nearly emissions-free renewable sources avoids carbon dioxide and other pollutants and serves to build the market for renewable energy nationwide, increasing incentives for developing new facilities. Currently, renewable energy accounts for less than ten percent of total electricity generation nationwide.
Renewable energy certificates purchased by Harris LithoGraphics are certified by Green-e Energy, the leading renewable energy certification program in the nation. Green-e Energy provides independent, third-party certification to ensure renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards, including being sourced from verified, new facilities; not being double-counted towards any state’s renewable energy goal; and being retired on behalf of the purchaser. Every Green-e Marketplace participant undergoes annual verification and audits to document that it has purchased enough certified renewable energy to meet its annual commitment.