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Great Printers Project

Project Information

Award Amount:$61,205.00
Dollars Leveraged:$3,220.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/94-9/30/95
Description:Summary: The Council of Great Lakes Governors (Council), in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Printing Industries of America, Inc., successfully launched the Great Printers Project. Eighty percent of printing plants employ less than 20 people, and one-third of the national printing industry is concentrated in the eight Great Lakes States. The first phase of the project centered around developing precedent setting environmental policy recommendations for the printing industry in the Great Lakes basin. These recommendations were endorsed by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Governors from the eight Great Lakes States.

The goal of the Great Printers Project is to make pollution prevention the first choice of the lithographic printing industry in the Great Lakes States in meeting and exceeding its environmental and human health protection responsibilities. This was the first project in the nation to seek to create an entire business environment conducive to pollution prevention for an industry sector. The second phase of the Great Printers Project, partially supported through this grant, focused on implementation of the policy recommendations through State pilots in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Council served on the steering committee for the Regional Great Printers Team to ensure coordination between the various pilot efforts.

Environmental Results/Products: The Council of Great Lakes Governors worked with their project partners and with Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to establish the pilot projects and secure funding for them. The Council also conducted outreach to the non-pilot States. Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio were interested in working with printers in their States.

The Council worked with the environmental agencies in the pilot States to identify opportunities for the Great Printers Project to build upon existing State programs such as Illinois’ “Clean Break” amnesty program and Minnesota’s Beyond Compliance program. The Great Printers Project has continued beyond the GLNPO grant period. Information on the Great Printers Project can be found on the Internet at: under the ‘Projects’ heading.


There are no reports associated with this project.

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Council of Great Lakes Governors - Primary Contact

35 E. Wacker Drive - Suite 1850
Chicago, Illinois 60601
p: 312-407-0177
f: 312-407-0038
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Center for Neighborhood Technology - Partner

2125 West North Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647
p: 773-278-4800

Citizens for a Better Environment - Partner

152 W. Wisconsin Ave., #510
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
p: 866-256-5988

Environmental Defense Fund - Partner

257 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10010
p: 212-505-2100
f: 212-505-2375

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) - Partner

1021 N Grand Avenue East
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9476
p: 217/524-9642
f: 217/557-2125

Illinois Waste Management & Research Center - Partner

One Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
p: 217/333-8940
f: 217/333-8944

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Partner

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Partner

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194
p: 651-296-6300

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) - Partner

University of Minnesota Gateway
200 Oak St., Suite 350
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
p: 612-624-1300

Printing Industries of Illinois - Partner


Printing Industries of Michigan - Partner


Printing Industries of Minnesota - Partner


SHWEC - University of Wisconsin - Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center - Partner

610 Langdon Street
Room 529
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
p: 608-262-0385

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Partner

101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
p: 608-267-3125


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