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Monday, February 23, 2009

How Green Are Thee? Océ Wants To Know...

Océ is seeking applications for its Second Annual 'Green Reprographer of the Year' Award, a prestigious recognition for environmentally aware members won last year by Reliable Graphics of Southern California.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in environmentally responsible operations and helping customers establish sustainable business practices.

Applicants will be asked to submit, in writing, their achievements in the area of green business practices and explain how these efforts have assisted their customers to meet their own sustainability goals. The winning reprographer will be announced on April 30, 2009.

"Despite the various challenges facing reprographers today, many remain committed to developing their own environmentally sound business practices and to assisting their AEC and other clients meet their sustainability goals," said Patrick Chapuis, President, Wide Format Printing Systems division of Oce North America. "After the excellent response we received last year, we want to continue our recognition of those companies that are making strides in incorporating sustainability throughout their business operations."

All applicants will be considered by Oce for future publicity opportunities regarding their sustainability efforts, including interviews and contributed articles with leading reprographic industry publications.

The Nitty Gritty:

WHAT: The Oce "Green Reprographer of the Year" award will recognize the print-for-pay reprographer who has made the most compelling strides to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into its business operations.

WHEN: Print-for-Pay reprographers can view criteria and submit applications through March 27, 2009 via an online application form, which can be downloaded by visiting

HOW: Applications will be judged based on the following factors:

Products used in the reprographer's business that reduce the impact on the environment
Services provided to the reprographer's customers to benefit the environment
Changes or improvements to facilities that reduce the impact on the environment
Employee programs supporting environmental conservation

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Denise Gustavson, Editor of Wide Format Imaging magazine, Dave Barista, Managing Editor of Building Design & Construction magazine, and Ed Avis, author of the 2008 Green Reprographics Handbook and contributing writer on sustainability issues for Repro Report magazine.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this award or the submission process, please visit

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