Green Textbooks: An Environmentally Responsible Choice for K–12 and Higher-Ed Publishers

June 2006
by Erin Johnson

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Over the past two years, many
of you have learned about your opportunity to help save trees through
environmentally responsible production and paper use. Several PMA members chose
to participate in the Green Press Initiative (GPI), and through its board of
directors, PMA officially endorsed GPI and began using recycled paper for this
publication and otherwise.

 

Encouraged by evidence that trade
publishers are switching to recycled paper, we believe that elhi and college
publishers can follow suit, and we have teamed up with the National Wildlife
Federation (publisher of Ranger Rick magazine) to help this happen. Many of you
may want to be part of this latest effort.

 

Publications that reach every
school attendee from K–12 through college and beyond clearly provide a
meaningful place to illustrate the connection between our material choices and
their impact on the environment. One state’s legal requirements say, “When
recommending instructional materials for use in the schools, each committee
shall include only materials which accurately portray, whenever appropriate,
humankind’s place in ecological systems, including the necessity for the
protection of our environment and conservation of our natural resources.” Yet
most textbooks are printed on paper that does not contain recycled or
FSC-certified fiber.

 

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