Take my card…it’s green

Author: Rachel Novick


Starting this November, Notre Dame letterhead, envelopes, and business cards will be printed on 100% recycled content paper. These items will continue to be manufactured by Neenah Paper and printed by Express Press but using Neenah’s Classic Crest Recycled 100 Bright White paper.

“The University purchases hundreds of thousands of pages of letterhead, envelopes, and business cards from Express Press each year,” said Javier Hernandez, Procurement Specialist in Procurement Services, who negotiated the switch. “The conversion of all that paper to 100% recycled content saves 29,000 pounds of wood and 43,000 gallons of water, and avoids 8,900 pounds of carbon emissions annually.”

“Neenah Paper is truly dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint,” said Erin Hafner, Programs Manager in the Office of Sustainability, who collaborates with Procurement Services on sustainability initiatives. “They generate their own hydroelectric power at their mills in Wisconsin and Germany, they are one of the largest purchasers of Green-e certified renewable energy in Wisconsin, and they are putting major efforts into energy conservation. As a result, their North American mills have cut their CO2 emissions almost in half over the last decade.”

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Neenah Paper places a strong emphasis on waste reduction. The company has a goal of zero landfill waste for all of its mills, and six of their seven mills have achieved this goal thus far.

“We are pleased to report that there will be no increase in cost as we migrate to the recycled content paper,” said Mark Schaeffer, Vice President for Express Press. “Our relationship with Neenah Paper and our paper supplier, Ariva, helped us to make this happen.”

The old paper will continue to be available through the end of 2011, so those who have gold-foil stamped letterhead on hand will be able to buy the second page letterhead to match, as the whites are slightly different. Those making new purchases of gold-foil stamped letterhead at this point are encouraged to choose the Recycled 100 Bright White so that they will continue to be able to purchase matching second pages in 2012.

Anyone with questions is welcome to visit the Express Press booth at this year’s Supplier Expo, which will take place Wednesday October 12th from 12:30 to 4:00pm at the Joyce Center. Please check buyND for updates on when the switch will occur.