Scholastic to Continue Efforts in Environmentally Responsible Publishing


Jan 09, 2008

Posted by SueTLC

Scholastic, the US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, announced new plans to continue their environmentally responsible publishing practices, setting new goals and launching a new website. In a press release, the company said they have “set a five-year goal to increase its publication paper purchase of FSC-certified paper to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% will be post-consumer waste. The company said that the new goals add to their “long-standing responsible environmental practices that have already resulted in reducing paper use by more than three million pounds annually.

“Our five-year goals for FSC-certified and recycled paper purchases are ambitious but achievable and important,” said Maureen O’Connell, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Scholastic. “For many years, we demonstrated our commitment to responsible paper policy and we particularly raised the standard last summer with our record-setting use of environmentally-friendly papers for the seventh book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Scholastic will strive to continue raising the bar for environmentally-sound policies and practices, including not only the use of FSC and recycled content in our paper products but also in the construction and maintenance of our headquarters and other facilities, and in helping to educate young people about caring for the environment.”

“Scholastic’s environmental purchasing policy will set the bar for publishers, and its goal of ensuring that 30 percent of its paper supply is FSC-certified by 2012 will help create more demand for paper from responsibly managed forests,” said Tensie Whelan, Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance ( “Sustainability is an ongoing process and commitments like this protect forests, conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable
livelihoods.” “Scholastic’s green publishing policy is truly industry-leading and will do much to continue advancing positive transformations in the book sector,” said Tyson Miller, Director, Green Press Initiative

Scholastic also launched , a site which “is designed to educate kids about climate change and sustainability and inspire them to take action to preserve the planet.”

5 Responses to Scholastic to Continue Efforts in Environmentally Responsible Publishing

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Congratulations, Scholastic, on making sure that things can change if you really want them to. When you’re well on your way on the FSC target may I politely suggest adding a reduction in your total operation carbon emissions of 10% per annum (organisations including IBM would be willing to share ideas, I’m sure) and an 80% reduction in your general waste (also saves you money). I’m not sure what the American equivalent of the UK’s Institute of Environmental Management amd Assessment is, but I’m sure there are plenty of Harry Potter adult fans who would be willing to help you make these commitments come true and help us (and Harry’s kids) have a planet that can support us – all of us!

Sorry to harp on, but I’m really pleased Jo’s influence has had a lasting effect.

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Definately a very wise dicision. There is so much each of us can do to help the environment I do Hope that others will follow and use more produce that does not damage the environment to the same extent that we all are doing now.

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Keep doing good, Scholastic! O

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Harry Potter: saving the earth, one tree at a time.

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I think this is a very good move on their part.

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