Monday, March 24, 2008

Publishing’s Environmental Footprints

After last Friday’s post (and a column in my newsletter Doing It Write), I received a few emails. Most wanting to know more about what publishers are doing to “green” up the business. One arguing that the U.S. does enough by replanting trees to offset those harvested and therefore doesn’t have to do more.

For those interested in learning more about how publishers are working to lessen their carbon footprint, I did a bit of research and came up with some sites to start you out.

Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts: Findings from the U.S. Book Industry
Report on the work done by the Book Industry Study Group and Green Press Initiative to establish a baseline for tracking climate impacts and progress by the U.S. book industry in environmental improvements.

Associated Press article
What publishers are doing to go green and which publishers are involved.

Canada’s take on the study results
Canadians are happy to report they’re ahead of the U.S. in forest-friendly book production.

Earth Policy Institute
Global forest resources assessment

Online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on environmental, social, and economic trends.

Eco-Libris blog
Eco-Libris works with book readers, publishers, writers, bookstores and others.

Thanks to all those who emailed.

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