Conserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment is becoming ever more important in an increasingly industrialized world. University of Toronto Press Publishing is committed to using energy responsibly, reducing waste, and implementing greener policies that also look to the future of academic publishing. UTP Publishing recognizes that investing in tomorrow means protecting today's environment and working creatively for both institutional and individual change.
Electronic resources are important assets for our editorial team, at both the acquiring and the copyediting stages. During our peer review process, reviewers are encouraged to read an electronic copy of the manuscript and to submit an electronic report. Furthermore, our copyediting now takes place on-screen, and our managing editors are working to reduce paper use by increasing reliance on PDFs, email, and other electronic resources.
Our offset printers use vegetable-based inks in our publications and the vast majority of our books are printed on acid-free and 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We carefully examine the print runs of each of our books, ensuring that our initial print run corresponds to our immediate sales forecasts, and then reprinting more frequently to meet the actual needs of our customers.
We have introduced a new examination copy program this year which allows professors access to potential course material instantaneously, eliminating the carbon footprint and the wait times associated with physical mailing, as well as reducing the raw materials used and the waste produced through the manufacturing and shipping processes. Upon adoption of one of our books for course use, a desk copy can be sent to the professor in either print or electronic format - their choice!
Our seasonal catalogue (produced twice yearly) keeps our customers informed about upcoming titles from UTP. We will continue to produce this catalogue while initiating changes in format that will allow us to improve our customer service as well as our commitment to green business practices. By taking advantage of electronic mailing, we are able to lower our print runs and physical shipments, further reducing our carbon footprint. Since the Fall/Winter 2009 catalogue, we have reduced our catalogue print run by 35 percent. For our next catalogue, we are aiming to produce even further hard copies as we continue the transition to an electronic catalogue. This reduction in physical mailing means conservation in the areas of freight, paper use, production, and poly-bagging. Put your name on our electronic mailing list and receive an electronic catalogue - convenient, and accessible from anywhere. You can sign up here. The seasonal catalogues that we do produce are printed on acid-free and 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and are FSC certified.
UTP does other forms of targeted e-marketing through list-serves, e-flyers, e-vites, and newsletters. We are also on Facebook and Twitter: friend us, follow us, and keep informed about the latest in academic publishing through the social media sites you're already using!
UTP cultivates an open atmosphere for green initiatives, and actively encourages employees to come forward with ideas about how to further reduce, reuse, and recycle in our day-to-day operations. In 2009, we will be hosting semi-annual "green summits" where individual members of our team will share best practices or ideas for future developments with their colleagues in the Division.
Even small things can make a difference: employees are encouraged to reduce all non-essential printing, print all documents double-sided, turn off their computers at night, and be conscious of switching off lights when leaving a room. UTP provides coffee and tea for its employees, reducing take-out cups, provides a water cooler rather than water bottles, and in 2008, gave each employee a reusable, stainless steel water bottle. All paper products are recycled or reused and we are streamlining our operation to make more use of internal emails and electronic documents rather than paper memos, order forms, and faxes.