CSU, Chico News

University Printing Services Receives Forest Stewardship Council National Certification

Date: 05-13-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s University Printing Services has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification by Scientific Certification Systems (certificate number SCS-COC-001517), supporting CSU, Chico’s campuswide commitment to sustainability.

CSU, Chico is one of the first universities in the country to receive this certification.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The chain-of-custody certification means that products by CSU, Chico’s Printing Services bearing the FSC trademark meet strict tracking requirements ensuring that they come from responsibly-managed forests.

Scientific Certification Systems is an independent third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims.

“I’m pleased that University Printing Services recognized the importance of offering FSC-trademarked products on behalf of the entire University,” said Sean Farrell, associate vice president for business and finance. “Now that printed pieces can bear the FSC logo, the University will gain immediate recognition for its role in understanding the importance of forest conservation worldwide.”

Dale Wymore, manager of University Printing Services, said the idea to seek the FSC certification came out of a staff meeting in September 2007 about exploring ways to be more environmentally sustainable. “We felt that becoming FSC Certified was an important contribution we could make towards the University’s sustainability goals. I’d like to thank the University Printing Services staff for their interest in following the processes and procedures needed for this certification. This was really a team effort.”

She said the University’s paper purchases for FSC-trademarked products will be audited annually to make sure that they come from a well-managed forest.

Wymore said University Printing Services is making other contributions to sustainability. She said the shop uses vegetable-based inks for four-color process work, recycled or FSC-certified paper and envelopes made from 100 percent post-consumer waste.

CSU, Chico has received a number of honors for its leadership role in sustainability and environmental awareness and education. Last month, CSU, Chico’s Green Campus Program won the Best Practices award for Student Energy Efficiency in the CSU. In 2007, the University was awarded the Grand Prize by the National Wildlife Federation for efforts to reduce global warming, and was ranked eighth on a list of top green colleges and universities by Grist, a Web environmental news and comment site.

CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development contributed funding to help cover costs related to the FSC certification process.