Cincinnati State Elevates Commitment to Sustainability as a Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Resource Partner

Cincinnati State joins a long list of leading organizations that support efforts to increase sustainability in the graphics communication industry


The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has announced Cincinnati State as its newest resource partner. The college joins a growing list of leading brands and organizations that support sustainable printing initiatives.


Cincinnati State has a long history as a supporter of green business. Gary Walton, Professor Emeritus and Director of Print for BLOC Ministry, says, “Our college color is green, so it’s just natural that we would be environmentally conscious in all that we do.”


Through its sustainability initiatives, Cincinnati State has achieved the following results:


  • Fully transitioning to soybean and water-based inks
  • Developing flexographic and offset plates with plain tap water
  • Recycling paper
  • Buying 95% of supplies from local vendors


This fall, the Cincinnati State Graphic Imaging Technology program celebrates 52 years of graphic arts training. With 1,000 print media companies in the local area alone, the school is eager to raise awareness about the many sustainable opportunities in the printing industry and encourage young adults to consider a career in sustainable print. Walton says, “Although it can be easy to forget in our digital world, print is still a large industry with plenty of jobs. The print industry is becoming more and more green, and Cincinnati State is proud to lead the way.”


Cincinnati State says their partnership with SGP is an important part of its sustainability strategy and commitment to green business. As a resource partner, the school will provide support to help more printers achieve SGP Certification and implement best practices for sustainability in their facilities. Cincinnati State will also support SGP’s annual Community Day event in Cincinnati on November 14th.


To learn more about getting your print facility SGP Certified or becoming a resource partner for SGP, visit


About Cincinnati State

Cincinnati State provides student-focused, accessible, quality technical and general education, academic transfer, experiential and co-operative education and workforce development. The college has four campuses in Clifton, Harrison, Evendale, and Middletown. The school boasts one of the largest cooperative education programs in U.S. two-year colleges, with over 2,400 co-op job placements each year involving more than 600 business and industry partners. To learn more about Cincinnati State, visit


About SGP

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. SGP works with patrons such as 3M, International Paper, ECOR, FLEXcon, North American Plastics, Piedmont Plastics, Gilman Brothers and numerous other leading brands. To learn more about SGP, visit