Recognize an environmental advocate in the graphic arts industry!
History of the Award
Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer (1922-2003). Dr. Schaeffer was known and widely respected for providing environmentally sound activities for the graphic communications industries and a rational perspective for those who develop environmental regulations for the industry. Schaeffer directed Printing Industries of America (formerly GATF)'s Research Department activities for 20 years before retiring in 1989. In 1983 he became the executive director of the Environmental Conservation Board of the Graphic Communications Industry (ECB), Inc., a post he held until 1991.
His ongoing environmental advocacy typifies the leadership activities expected of award recipients, said Printing Industries of America's Research Steering Committee. Nominations are judged by past Schaeffer Award winners and industry leaders. The recipient is presented with an engraved plaque at Printing Industries of America's Spring Administrative Meetings.
Eligible candidates will be judged on how their actions benefited the industry in the areas listed below. It is recommended that a candidate has demonstrated activity in a number of criteria, with significant accomplishments in at least one.
Education - increasing knowledge of environmental effects of materials and processes employed in printing operations to both the printing industry and regulatory agencies; e.g. did the nominee conduct or participate in studies relating to printing or binding process?
Public Relations - promotion of a wholesome and active graphic communications image by addressing and mitigating regulatory and public concerns for the environmental impact of graphic communications operations; e.g. did the nominee project a positive reputation by developing strong working relationships with regulatory agencies that had a positive impact for the entire subsegment of the industry?
Continuous Improvement - encouragement of better sustainable business practices and reduction of health hazards within the printing industry; e.g. did the nominee develop environmental compliance programs or technology, or did the nominee promote new sustainability procedures designed to simultaneously protect the environment?
Compliance Assistance - industry assistance with EPA and OSHA regulations; e.g. did the nominee effectively communicate requirements of new regulations?
Regulatory Issue Involvement - investments of time and/or personal or organizational resources that have benefited the industry in terms of cost savings, more reasonable regulations, improved community relations, and/or a more wholesome work environment; e.g. did the nominee show dedication or direct resources toward improving regulatory requirements for the industry?
Pioneering Efforts - unique efforts or creation of an original sustainable development that contributed to healthier working conditions and improved environmental control; e.g. did the nominee develop a system or product that reduced environmental or health hazards?
Previous winners are not eligible for a second award. Candidates do not have to be Printing Industries of America members.
How to Nominate Someone
- Using the eligibility requirements as a guide, provide a detailed description of a candidate's actions and results of their efforts as they specifically apply to the nomination criteria.
- Supply a detailed biography and descriptions of accomplishments for the candidate. Past successful nominations focused on the results of a candidate's efforts and how they benefited the industry rather than listing what the candidate had done.
- Complete the nomination form.
- Letters of support for the candidate are highly encouraged.
- Submit all required and supplemental materials to:
Printing Industries of America
301 Brush Creek Road
Warrendale, PA 15086-7529
Email: marketing [at] printing.org
Past Recipients of the Schaeffer Award
2016 Robert Fricke
2015 Calvin Frost
2014 Gary Jones
2013 Laura M Thompson
2012 No Award Given
2011 Stephen R. Whittaker
2010 Dr. Gary David Miller
2009 Doreen Monteleone
2008 Marilyn Jones
2007 Robert Birkland
2006 Stuart McMichael
2005 Mark J. Flannery
2004 J. Thomas Ravn
2003 Frank C. Barnett
2002 No Award Given
2001 Marcia Y. Kinter
2000 Dale Kalina
1999 Jeffrey R. Adrian
1998 Walter Zerweck
1997 David Johnson
1996 Henry Rodriguez
1995 Gerald M. Bonetto
1994 Thomas W. Reese
1993 Gerald J. Bender
1992 Harvey F. George
1991 Dr. Albert R. Materazzi
1990 Dr. William D. Schaeffer