News Notes: July-August 2009

News Notes: July-August 2009

The Editors:

Growing Green

The Publications Committee of the Minnesota Dental Association is proud to announce that Northwest Dentistry’s March-April 2008 cover feature “The Green Dental Office” has been honored by both the American Dental Association and the International College of Dentists.

In recognition of the growing commitment to environmental stewardship and of dentistry’s ability and opportunity to lead in that field, the ADA Board of Trustees, at its April 2009 meeting, created a new category in its prestigious Golden Apple Awards, to be called the Green Apple.  Criteria for the award will be developed during the coming year, and it will be presented for the first time in 2010.

In presenting the Green Dental Office topic, Northwest Dentistry sought to incorporate the philosophy of the green movement and the principles of health and care throughout the book from cover to cover.  One cover in particular has already accomplished that goal.  In its Journalism Awards for 2009, the International College of Dentists has recognized “The Green Dental Office” with its Golden Paintbrush Award as Outstanding Cover of the Year.

As stated on its website, “The International College of Dentists is recognized around the globe as the preeminent international dental organization.” One of the stated objectives of the College is “to advance the art and science of dentistry for the health and welfare of the public internationally.” Its mission is as follows:

“The International College of Dentists is a leading honorary dental organization dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of the profession of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind.”  In its turn, Northwest Dentistry is please to recognize its print facility, Bolger Vision Beyond Print, for its continuing commitment to environmentally forward production practices. “

As a recognized and respected leader in the communication arts industry and in the community where we live, Bolger is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment as part of our business objective and company philosophy. We operate our business with sound environmental concern and management to ensure that all of our facilities are continually striving to reduce environmental impacts, measuring our carbon footprint to create a safe and healthy environment for our employees, customers and neighbors.

“A strong effort was made by the company to reduce hazardous waste associated with films processing and other waste areas of a manufacturing plant typical of the printing industry and we have been successful in that area. No hazardous waste from Bolger goes to the landfill. It is all recycled. The KBA 10 color perfecting press, one of the newest in the Bolger fleet, produces no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) into the air. Bolger is FSC certified and was a leader in the “Minnesota Great Printer Program” complying with all applicable environmental, health, and safety requirements, going beyond these requirements through waste reduction and recycling and pursuing continuous environmental improvements. We undergo an environmental audit annually and are currently ISO 14001 compliant.

“The company also launched an initiative to conserve energy costs while reducing its carbon footprint. To date, we have cut energy consumption for lighting by 42% while increasing illumination by 12%. We recycle all light bulbs and batteries in the building and continually strive for environmentally sound practices with the guidance of our Quality Analysis Team. Bolger also advocates environmentally sound practices through many of our educational seminars.

Northwest Dentistry congratulates everyone who contributed to the “Greening” of our journal’s mission, and thanks them for contributing to our ongoing pursuit of topics of interest and importance to our readers.