Special Report: Sustainability & the Environment
The title of former Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” sums up the uneasy relationship between catalogers and environmental issues. Catalogers have embraced environmental reforms reluctantly over the years, because they often come with a prohibitive cost.
But the issue of environmentalism and sustainability has reached a boiling point this year, what with environmental groups and a number of U.S. states pressing for do-not-mail legislation. You can’t turn your back on these matters any longer.
So we felt it was time to give this key issue the attention it warrants. In the stories below, you won’t just find info on what’s new in this whole subject; you’ll learn what to do about it, step by step. And you’ll hopefully come away from these pages with practical and affordable ways to improve your sustainability practices.
This isn’t information you want to read; it’s what you need to read. And if you have other ideas you’d like to share with your peers in subsequent print issues or online, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.
—Paul Miller, editor-in-chief