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Cornell University Press
 
Cornell University PressOct 13, 2012
Is The Country's Oldest Press...and its Greenest
 
 

In our age of advanced technology, it is still an unmatched feeling to open a brand new book. Although tablets and e-readers are gaining in popularity, many people still prefer the look, feel, and portability of a book, and Cornell Press University is making sure that creating books doesn't create a burden on our environment. Through a commitment to reducing their ecological footprint and encouraging other publishers to do the same, Cornell University Press is showing that producing educational books can be an eco-friendly enterprise.

Cornell University Press began printing books in 1869. This earns it the distinction of being the first university press in the country, as it was established nine years before The John's Hopkins University Press, the second oldest. Today, the press is known as one of the country's most reputable scholarly publishers, and one of the greenest. Cornell University Press publishes about 120 new nonfiction titles every year, in the areas of history, philosophy, sociology, and a number of other disciplines. The Press also has two imprints: Comstock Publishing Associates that puts out books on life sciences and natural history, and the ILR imprint, which puts out a collection of highly regarded books on labor, health care professions, and human resources. Many of the Press's departments operate out of Sage House on the Cornell campus, an historic building built in the 1880's by Henry Williams Sage that features charming touches such as carved bats and stained glass windows.

Although sustainability and publishing don't often go together in most people's minds, Cornell University Press has worked hard to establish their reputation as an environmentally responsible publisher. Not only do they set an industry standard for environmental practices within their own operation, they also work to educate other publishers on eco-friendly publishing practices. In fact, in 1999 Cornell University Press was the world's first publisher to print on paper that is produced from well-managed forests, in a collaboration with Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper, the SmartWood certification initiative, and the Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group. Starting in 2001, the Press committed to reducing their ecological footprint, and by 2004 were publishing 85% of their titles on recycled paper that does not come from an endangered forest and is also free of chlorine.

The Cornell University Press also shows their environmental commitment by publishing a number of yearly titles in environmental studies. Among their recent offerings in this category are books on water management, Earth preservation, and regional conservation issues. E.C. Pielou's “The World of Northern Evergreens” takes an in-depth look at these endangered forests and the species that depend on them. Elizabeth C. Economy takes a look at China's environmental protection efforts in “The River Runs Black.” Regional climate change is discussed in Jerry Jenkins' “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability,” and also his “Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History.” Other titles explore issues facing many species today such as eagles, porcupines, or Amazonian amphibians and reptiles.

Whether you are looking for a scholarly text to provide you with the latest information and research on a wide range of subjects, or if you are looking for well-researched and written titles in your area of interest, Cornell University Press offers the newest titles from authors who are known and respected in their field. Since the Press is also setting the standard for environmentally responsible printing standards, readers know that the book they hold in their hands is not placing a burden on the planet.

 
 
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