The Green Press Initiative certification program for environmentally responsible publishers was created over a three-year period with feedback from dozens of stakeholders including publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and environmental organizations.
The program initially started as a project of the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC), however when the BIEC decided to discontinue work on the certification program, Green Press Initiative took what had been started within the BIEC and continued to develop the program. While the structure of the certification program is slightly different than what had been discussed within the BIEC the feedback received from BIEC members and a public commenting period have resulted a certification program that we believe sets a high bar yet is obtainable for publishers that choose to make environmental sustainability a priority.
If you would like to learn more about the requirements for becoming certified please review this overview document. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions regarding the certification program please email us.