The greenest newspaper publishers

A recent report by Canopy environmental group and the Green Press Initiative says the New York Times Co., Hearst, McClatchy, Tribune Co. and The Globe and Mail are among the greenest in the newspaper industry. “These publishers understand that sustainability is more than a social responsibility; it is a business priority and offers a competitive advantage,” says Tara Sawatsky of Canopy.

Excerpts from the report are after the jump.


Hearst’s head office is the first-ever Gold leed-certified 12 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) office building for core, shell and interiors in New York City. The San Francisco Chronicle is printed at Transcontinental’s plant in Fremont 13, one of the first printing plants built to meet leed standards in the US.

New York Times Co.

The New York Times Company is supportive of paper made from agricultural residue provided the paper is high-quality; and can be competitively priced; and produced in sufficient quantities by a reliable source.

The New York Times Building features a co-generation plant that makes energy on site and supplies 40 % of the power for the Company’s offices.


In 2010, 99.4 % of the newsprint used by McClatchy newspapers was made up of some recycled fiber; the average content was 69.8 % recycled fiber. This translates into an overall recycled newsprint average of 69.4 %. In the same year all of McClatchy’s newspapers collected and recycled press waste, newspaper returns and printing plates.

Tribune Co.

Tribune Publishing has been printing these three newspapers [Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sentinel] on paper largely composed of recycled fiber since 1985. The LA Times in particular is the largest user of recycled newsprint in California. In 2010, about 73 % of all newsprint used by The Times contained a recycled fiber content of at least 50 %, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Advance Communications

The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer is partly printed with soy ink. Waste ink is collected in the waste tank and pumped to a recycling truck at the outside connection area, and then a portion of the recycled ink is re-used in the printing process. A portion of The Plain Dealer is printed on 100 % recycled newspaper, and on average, each new roll of newsprint contains 35 % to 75 % recycled fiber.

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail’s Project Green is an in-house green team made up of staff members from across the company. Initiatives Project Green has implemented include discounted transit passes for staff, green bins for composting, paper procurement initiatives, and waste audits to uncover opportunities for increased recycling.

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