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UH Printing Services took a big step to support the university’s commitment to sustainability by applying for certification with the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC Chain-of-Custody Certification will formally demonstrate the department’s efforts to use responsibly-produced paper for printing projects.

Printing Services began the certification process with the Forest Stewardship Council in early February. FSC is an organization that was developed in 1993 to promote the responsible management of the world’s forest. By becoming FSC Chain-of-Custody certified, UH Printing Services will make the transition to using mostly FSC-certified paper which means paper made by companies who help to replant and maintain forests. For certification, the department will revise its processes in order to make sure FSC paper is ordered, routinely used for projects and delivered to its customers.

During the certification process, UH Printing Services will be audited and trained by a representative from the Rainforest Alliance. The process should be complete by the end of April with recertification required on an annual basis.

Customers will also be able to request the FSC mark as well as the Rainforest Alliance logo to be included on their projects to show their support for these sustainable practices.

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