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Community Day is the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)’s premier annual conference for thought leaders in the sustainable printing industry. The event brings together printers, suppliers and Fortune 500 brands to advance sustainability in the graphic communications industry. Through focused roundtable discussions and networking opportunities, the event creates a community of practice that allows participants to connect, learn and build a new future for print.

This year’s event coincides with SGP’s 10th anniversary. As such, we are thrilled to invite all SGP members and VIP guests to attend a networking gala and dinner to celebrate our accomplishments. SGP Community members include SGP Applicants, SGP Patrons (number depends on level), SGP Printers, SGP Brand Leaders and Print Buyers, and SGP Resource Partners. While the 10th anniversary gala is by invitation only, members of the public are encouraged to attend the day-long conference.

Community Day 2018: The State of Sustainability

Our world is changing rapidly and sustainability is at the forefront of these changes. Businesses, industries and organizations alike are digging deep to discover new ways to create economic growth that is within planetary boundaries and that is based in social equity. Where do we stand as a world in this shift? How do the efforts of SGP members, patrons and allies feed into this larger effort? Join Community Day this November to explore these questions and more within the context of the graphic communications industry.


Program Details

8 am to 8:30
Coffee and Registration

8:30 am
Conference Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Executive Director, Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance 

9:30 am to 10:30 am
Panel Discussion: State of Sustainability – Instore Retail

Last year, a joint initiative on recycling plastics from retailers at the store level was launched. How far have we come? Is there recycling access at the store level? Join the panel for a lively discussion about the initiatives that are underway and, most importantly, the role you can play to move this project and dialogue forward.

    • Libra Balian, Retail Marketing Consultant/Chair, SGP Brand Leader Committee

    • Erin Hiatt, Director of Energy, Sustainability and Research, Retail

10:30 am to 11 am
Networking Break

11 am to 12 pm
Panel Discussion: State of Sustainability – Plastics & Packaging

Packaging and recycling is at the top of everyone’s minds. Utilizing recycled content as well as recyclable materials for packaging continues to gain attention from all sectors. What is the current landscape? What has been the impact of the ban of sending waste to Asia? We explore positive steps that have been made in this arena and ways that we can keep pushing the envelope.

    • David McLain, Market Development Manager, Printpack

    • Ashley Hood-Morley, Director, Sustainability, Plastics Industry Association


12 noon to 2 pm
Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

2 pm to 3 pm
Panel Discussion: State of Sustainability – Textiles

The world of textiles is changing. Not only for use in clothing, but also in all types of signage. What do we know about the changes in this diverse market space? Join us for an engaging conversation about the manufacturing, recycling and use of alternative materials in this vibrant market space.

3 pm to 3:30 pm
Networking Break

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: State of Sustainability – Events and Building Graphics

Walk into any building and you see printed interiors and fabrics. Visit a trade show and you see graphics in the booth as well as around the floor. There is a growing interest in using sustainable materials and suppliers for this industry sector. In this energetic discussion, panelists will discuss where the market is and where it is going.

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Conference Wrap Up