As we celebrate the 46th Earth Day today, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you an update on the latest steps we’ve taken toward greening our company. We’re well aware of the perception that the print industry has a negative impact the environment, and we’d like to remind you that there are many ways that even the print industry can go green.
In addition to having one of the only green web presses in North America, we recently installed brand new lights that have allowed us to reduce our everyday demand for energy.
Buffalo Energy replaced all of the lighting fixtures in our Cheektowaga facility, saving us 241,475 kilowatt-hours of electricity. According to the EPA website, that’s the equivalent of taking 35.1 cars off the road, or keeping 59.7 tons of waste out of the landfill!
We’re very excited about the positive impact this has had on the environment. Replacing our lights with more energy-efficient ones cut down the amount of energy we were using, and the savings alone were also the equivalent of 18,736 gallons of gas, or 22.9 homes’ electricity use for one year.
There’s been a positive impact on our work environment as well. We’ve noticed a significant difference in how much brighter it is around the office, whether we’re standing in the hallway, sitting in a conference room, or working in the press or bindery areas. The brightness puts less strain on our eyes, and because the lights do not emit UV light, they allow us to see colors better for more accurate color matching.
It’s amazing to us that something as simple as replacing the lights in our facility had such an impact on the environment and the way we work.
We hope you’re as excited about our green initiatives as we are. Buffalo Energy has a few projects in store for our Grand Island facility as well, and we can’t wait to share those with you as they progress.
As always, we’ll continue to collaborate with associations like the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council to help us identify business partners and suppliers that share our desire to produce sustainable goods and services.
For more information on sustainability efforts for printers, check out what Printing Impressions has to say in their blog.