Printech Archive, April, 1999: EMS video available

EMS video available

Wayne Pferdehirt (
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 11:26:29 CST

Forwarded from EPA DfE Program. This just-released tape on use of
environmental management systems (EMSs) by small businesses was
funded by EPA's DfE Program and produced by the University of Wisconsin-
Extension as part of the Printers' National Environmental Assistance
Center (PNEAC). Although the tape uses printers as case studies, the
concepts presented are equally applicable to other types of businesses.



Subject: New outreach video from DfE for P2 opportunities

Design for the Environment (DfE) is releasing a video on Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) produced by the Printer's National
Assistance Center (PNEAC), a DfE grantee. The video, "Environmental
Management Systems for Printers: It's a Bottom Line Benefit," documents
the experiences of two printers who developed EMSs for their companies.
Eric Henry of T.S. Designs, a small textile screenprinting operation in
Burlington, NC, tells how he began his EMS by eliminating styrofoam cups.
Eric expanded the EMS to include pollution prevention and cleaner
technologies which ultimately saved the company a significant amount of
money while increasing performance. Also, Jeff Adrian of the John Roberts
Company, an offset printer in Minneapolis, MN, describes the evolution of
their EMS from a loss-control program to a fully integrated management
system. Both printers stress the need for continuous improvement and
describe the economic benefits that result from the implementation of an

The purpose of this video is to encourage businesses of all sizes to
consider implementing an EMS within their company. By focusing on small
steps and easy successes at first, companies can garner the support and
enthusiasm from employees needed to proceed to larger, more complex
projects. The video cites many examples of easy ways to incorporate
environmental and P2 decisions into daily business practices and shows
that many environmental benefits may be economic benefits as well.
Running time is approximately 20 minutes.

If you would like to order a copy, please contact PPIC (tel -
202-260-1023; and ask for "Environmental Management
Systems for Printers: It's a Bottom Line Benefit" ( Publication #: EPA
744-V-99-001). For more information, please contact me by phone at
202-260-0662 or by e-mail at

Jen Fisher

Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
Director, Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program
Specialist, Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250



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