Printers To Learn To Prevent Pollution

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Printing Industries and the Environment: Pollution Prevention Advisory Workshop

 Approximately 30 area printers

  • To learn how to reduce the environmental impact of their printing businesses
  • To learn how to qualify for City of Tucson Green Certification
  • Sonora Environmental Research Institute Inc.
  • Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Superfund Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Printing Industries Association of Arizona
  •  City of Tucson
Funded by:     
  • Pollution Prevention Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
Tucson, Ariz. - Approximately 30 area printers are expected to attend a May 4, 2011, lunch and workshop about how their businesses can reduce pollution and possibly qualify for Green Certification by the City of Tucson. Topics at the workshop will include:
  • Printing industry pollution sources
  • How to reduce environmental impacts
  • Printing industry alternatives
This workshop is the outcome of a community pollution mapping project conducted by the Sonora Environmental Research Institute’s (SERI) community health workers. To further expand this work and impact pollution prevention, SERI collaborated with the Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences. The center is based at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and is part of the UA Superfund Research Program. The community mapping identified printers, nail salons, auto repair facilities and carpentry shops as the small businesses that most affect the environment of Tucson. 
“The goal of the workshop is to inform printing industries in Tucson on how to reduce pollution sources and keep their workers safe,” said Denise Moreno Ramirez, program coordinator of the binational center. “Sometimes we forget that we each have a responsibility for the environment, and that even small businesses can have a large affect on the quality of our water, land and air.”
A similar workshop is planned for May 30 for beauty and nail salon operators.