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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SUNY-ESF/RadTech Webinar Series: Sustaining Energy Savings in a Manufacturing Facility


Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

SUNY-ESF/RadTech Webinar Series: Sustaining Energy Savings in a Manufacturing Facility
Michael L. Stowe, PE, CEM, PEM, CP EnMS-Industrial
Learn how to sustain energy efficiency in your facility by focusing on process operations. In this webinar you will be introduced to methods to improve your energy efficiency including how to get more  product per unit of energy input; minimizing energy consumption and how your local utility can provide assistance and incentive programs. The presentation will include examples and case studies.

Have questions about SUNY-ESF/RadTech Webinar Series: Sustaining Energy Savings in a Manufacturing Facility? Contact the organizer 

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8 Ways to Effectively Prioritize the Things on Your To-Do List

Change your habits to become proactive—instead of reactive—in your approach to priorities... and see how much time you gain.

Priorities are things that are important—I know that, you know that. But a lot of us are guilty of the habit of reacting to the urgent things on—and off—our to-do list, rather than responding to the important ones.

Think about this: Important activities should be of high priority because they are the things that contribute most significantly to our objectives. They have more long-term impact, and they should help us the most in reaching our goals. Urgent activities are usually more short-term in nature and may or may not relate to our big-picture objectives, and they do not usually make significant contributions. Instead, by pressuring us daily, they make endless demands on our time.

There is a constant tension between the urgent and the important. And because the important things seldom need to be done today—and the urgent almost always do—there is a critical need to learn how to set proper priorities so that our visions, goals and desires can be met more effectively.

Don’t prioritize based on who gave you the work; fit it based on its importance and urgency for the big picture. Most people don’t take this time, the time to prioritize. They are usually reactive, so make a concerted effort to be proactive.

How much time could you gain by changing your habits—by more effectively prioritizing? Here are 8 time-gaining tips that you can apply to everyday tasks:
1. Create lists—a lot. Prioritized notes and lists help with focus and multitasking.
2. Set priorities during your daily planning. Eliminate or minimize unproductive to-do items from your daily list to make room for the productive ones.
3. Learn when your high-energy time is. Scheduling your priority work for when you have the most energy gains minutes through more effective work.
4. Early in the day, sort email and quickly categorize each piece appropriately—now, future, trash. Because each piece is only addressed once, you gain time throughout the day.
5. Request simplified emails. When appropriate, request that people send you prioritized emails that spell out the actions required of you with clear bullet points, not long narratives. Set the example yourself by sending only efficient, bullet-pointed emails.
6. Write down your objectives before you return phone calls to gain time through quicker, more effective communication.
7. Prioritize your reading by learning to skim industry newsletters, articles and books. Then read only what really gives you value.
8. Create a written agenda and follow it for every meeting. If you’re not the meeting organizer, help guide a long, rambling meeting to some actionable objectives.
Now find out how to organize your to-dos into 4 categories to weed out distractions and keep from being overwhelmed. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day !!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership update

Congratulations SGP Community Members!
Platinum Patron 

Explorer Pressroom Solutions
Silver Patron

Flint Group
Silver Patron

Silver Patron

SGP Joins
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council  

By becoming a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), SGP has joined forces with leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs to develop a groundbreaking guidance program for leadership in sustainable purchasing. Public and private sector organizations will use the program to guide trillions of dollars in collective purchasing towards goods and services that simultaneously meet the needs of their organization, society and the planet.

SGP joins an esteemed group of organizations representing purchasers, suppliers and the public interest, including Best Buy, Fedex, Green Seal, Goodyear, JC Penny, Office Depot, UPS and World Wildlife Fund.

As a member of the SPLC, SGP will play an instrumental role in solving the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded. The Council's Guidance Program for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, now under development, will enable efficient sharing of best practices, solutions, training, benchmarking, recognition and policy efforts among organizations, sectors and regions.


SGP Board Approves Revised Bylaws
In early January, the SGP Board of Directors unanimously approved revised Bylaws. Last revised in 2010, the new Bylaws include the addition of a Chair-Elect and Immediate Past-Chair positions, changing terms from two to three years, and clarification of the roles of committees. 

Check Out Our SGP Channel

SGP Marketing & Communications Committee Seeks Members
The SGP Marketting & Communications Committee seeks additional members from the SGP Printer and Patron community. If you have an interest in helping to spread the word about the benefits of the SGP program, please contact Brittany Sutphin.

Did You Miss the SGP Community Gathering?
The first Annual SGP Community Gathering was held at SGIA Expo. We'd like to thank REI, Ann Inc and Miller Zell/Walmart for helping make the event such a remarkable success. With more than 75 attendees, dynamic presentations and practical takeaways, the Gathering was a real opportunity to build momentum and community for our ongoing sustainability journey.

Don't worry if you missed it! Enthusiastic attendee feedback has inspired us to rebroadcast the top presentations to a limited audience. Sign up to learn more.


SGP at ISS Long Beach
Twenty-six apparel screen-printing companies attended a luncheon at the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) in Long Beach, CA to learn more about how to become certified printers under the leadership of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. Marci Kinter, SGP board member and vice president of SGIA and Marshall Atkinson, SGP board member and COO of Visual Impressions, Inc., hosted the luncheon, sponsored by SGIA. Attendees were presented information on how sustainability can lower their operating costs, how building a sustainability program can instill industry best-practices, and how leveraging sustainability certification can be good for new business opportunities. The lunch was very well attended, with a robust question and answer session with Marci and Marshall. 
Marci Kinter speaks to printers about SGP at ISS.

New Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Protocol  
New guidance has been developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Four years in the making, this guidance will provide much-needed clarity on how corporations measure emissions from electricity and energy purchases, including renewable energy. The new Scope 2 Guidance amendment fixes that problem by giving corporations a common framework to account for their energy emissions whether from electricity contracts or instruments like renewable energy credits. CDP, The Climate Registry and other reporting programs will soon require thousands of companies to report this additional information about their scope 2 emissions.
A webcast will be held on Jan 30 on the release of the new guidance.

Recognize an Environmental Advocate  
Who is a dedicated advocate for environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Awards.
How to Nominate:
* Visit PIA's webpage for nomination criteria.
* Download the Nomination Form 
* To strengthen your nomination, PIA recommends including detailed letters of endorsement

Nominations must be received by Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information, email Kristina Iorio.

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685 Sustainable Print Enthusiasts inSGP's LinkedIn Group!

 JANUARY 2015  

Coming Events

Nov. 3, 2015
2nd Annual
SGP Community Event
Atlanta, GA


Ashland Inc.
Durst Image Technology, US
Explorer Pressroom Solutions
Flint Group
Fujifilm Holdings America
Harper Corporation of America
INX International
MacDermid Printing Solutions
Primex Plastics Corporation
Printer Evolution
Top Value Fabrics
  Unisource Worldwide
Perception Wide Format Industries/Worthen Industries

Advertisers Printing Company
C-P Flexible Packaging
cei (Coating Excellence International)
CGX Bridgetown Printing Company
City of Cleveland Division of Printing and Reproduction
Consolidated Printing Inc
Douglass Screen Printers
Duggal Visual Solutions
Earth Friendly Products
Forge Graphic Works
GFX International
Global Packaging
Great Big Pictures
Holland & Crosby Ltd.
Image Options
Infinity Images
InterFlex Group
J.L. Clark, Inc.

Miller Zell
Minuteman Press
Modernistic, Inc.
Navitor East
Navitor Midwest
Navitor Southeast
One Touchpoint-Berman Printing
Pictura Graphics
Plastic Packaging - Forest City
Plastic Packaging - Hickory
Posty Cards
Premier Press
Robbie Flexibles
Sandy Alexander Wide & Grand Format Division
Sentinel Printing
Specialty Printing, LLC
Starflex Packaging Inc
Stella Color, Inc.
SunDance Marketing Solutions
The John Roberts Company
The Robinette Company
Tweddle Group
US Government Printing Office
Visual Impressions, Inc.
Visual Marking Systems
Walle Corporation
Walmart Print Solutions
Webcrafters Inc
Learn More

How may we help you on your sustainability journey?
Contact Us!

SGP Community
(703) 359-1376

SGP Certification
Technical Questions
(703) 359-1313

SGP Treasurer
(631) 319-0319

SGP Board Chairman
(763) 746-2518

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the printing industry standard for sustainability certification. SGP provides third party verified, whole-facility certification requiring continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within print and bindery manufacturing operations.  SGP is an independent,
not-for-profit organization.

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