Arizona Builders Use Wind Power to Print Magazine

March 11, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — SAHBA Builder Magazine, working in partnership with Arizona Lithographers, has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “green” publication.

With printing presses running on 100% wind-powered energy, the quarterly publication of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association is expected each year to save 78 trees and offset 1,157 pounds of air emissions — the equivalent of the exhaust from driving a car 1,253 miles.

“Our choice of renewable, sustainable wind power offsets the power we would normally use to print the magazine from conventional energy using coal or oil,” said Arizona Lithographer owner John Davis. “The commitment to clean wind energy is now the foundation of our company’s green initiative, since we already recycle all our waste paper and use eco-friendly vegetable-based ink.”

This clean watts program with Arizona Litho “helps finance the growth of the wind energy industry,” said SAHBA Vice President Roger Yohem. “Printing our magazine green is more than an innovative trend, it’s a long-term commitment to our association’s environmental awareness.”

In 2005, NAHB named the SAHBA publication the nation’s “Best Member Magazine.”

Proceeds from the sale of energy certificates to businesses like Arizona Lithographers are being used to build new infrastructure and promote the wind power industry. Davis currently holds certificates worth 1.4 million kilowatt-hours.

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