Paper is the 4th largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused C02 emissions.

When paper degrades in a landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas emission that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Golbally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestial biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia’s exports of forest products.

Over the course of its lifecycle, postconsumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestrial Biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia's exports of forest products.

In 2010, it is expected that 25% of global pulp exports will be from South America.

The southeast U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world. Already 15% of the forest (32 million acres) consists of single-species tree plantations.



Meet the Staff

Tyson Miller Tyson Miller

Tyson graduated from UCLA’s Environmental Studies department and has worked in the non-profit environmental
field since 1992. He has focused primarily in the areas of environmental education and the development of markets initiatives designed to conserve trees and natural resources. He developed and now directs the Green Press Initiative – a program which is catalyzing environmentally responsible book publishing in the U.S.

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Erin Johnson Erin Johnson
Associate Director

Erin graduated from Ithaca College in 1972 with a BA in Drama. She has worked in the publishing world for nearly 25 years. Being a part of the Green Press Initiative fulfills one of her life’s passions—to advance environmental stewardship in society. She conducts small publisher and printer outreach and provides implementations assistance. She also engages in tasks related to communications and publicity. She is a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture and also works on watershed protection issues.

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Todd Pollak Todd Pollak
Program Manager, Book Sector

Todd graduated from the University of Michigan's Program in the Environment where he focused largely on climate change, and techniques businesses can employ to minimize environmental impacts. Prior to working for the Green Press Initiative, Todd taught and coordinated environmental education programs at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Todd has also completed internships with several environmental non-profit organizations, including INFORM, Inc. which aims to identify and promote more sustainable business practices.

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Shannon Binns
Program Manager

Shannon joined the Green Press Initiative in October of 2007 and leads our newspaper, policy and greening the media programs. Shannon brings a unique perspective having worked for a number of private and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, he supported conservation goals at The Nature Conservancy as part of a team that worked with Congress to develop science-based climate change legislation. Prior to that he helped organize the Global Roundtable on Climate Change at the Earth Institute, which brought together executives from industry to formulate a joint statement calling for public policies to address climate change. In the private sector, Shannon has worked as a manufacturing engineer with Motorola, General Motors, and Trane. He has also served as an agroforestry extension agent with the Peace Corps in Senegal, a communications manager for North Andaman Tsunami Relief in Thailand, and an English teacher in Prague. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

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Kelly Spitzner
Communications Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Psychology and Art, Kelly got her first taste of the exciting world of publishing at a small company creating fresh resources for kids, teachers and families—positive hip hop anyone? Kelly most recently worked on the 2008 Presidential Election, which brought her all over the country, educating and organizing voters around environmental issues, among other things. Kelly is very excited to join the staff of the Green Press Initiative, where she now works to increase issue and program visibility in the mainstream and trade presses, and to generate diverse revenue streams through the expansion of GPI’s membership program.

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