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Heather Nortz

Heather Nortz, Government Affairs Assistant, SGIA, is a George Mason University graduate. As an accelerated master’s student in Energy and Sustainability, she simultaneously earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Human and Ecosystems Response to Climate Change.

Recent Posts

Evaluating Your Facility's Safety

Posted by Heather Nortz on 11/25/19 7:00 AM

Just how safe is your workplace? In order to answer this, you need to think about how you measure the safety of a workplace. You could start by asking yourself if you could bring a loved one into your facility without breaking into a panicked sweat … Or, you could take a more quantifiable approach.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Government Affairs, Workplace Safety, Safety Recognition

Sustainability: Million-Dollar ROIs and Improved Workforce Development

Posted by Heather Nortz on 11/13/19 6:45 AM

Since its conception, the term sustainability has gotten saddled with descriptors like “expensive” and “inconvenient.” Though inaccurate, it is understandable why many people think this way. For those not constantly seeking out the latest processes and technologies, it is near impossible to figure out the tangible benefits from becoming more sustainably oriented. The problem with this, fundamentally, is education. To give everyone the tools to benefit from sustainable business practices, the word must be spread that since the first major environmental push in 1970, there has been monumental progress around the return on investment of sustainability. Just use the three panelists in PRINTING United’s Sustainability Strategies Luncheon as proof.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Sustainability, Printing United

The Larger-Scale Impact of Local Waste Management

Posted by Heather Nortz on 10/30/19 10:30 AM

Think globally, act locally.

That was the attitude at TLMI’s Saving Dollars by Avoiding Landfill Avoidance pilot event in St. Louis last week. Global sustainable waste management is a huge feat that begins with strategic local actions. For instance, referring to leftover materials as “by-product” instead of “waste” is a necessary mindset shift to insinuate that the materials left over after use of a product are in fact valuable and should not just be tossed away. The logistics involved in actually extracting the value from by-products is the complex part. This is why a personal atmosphere with local recyclers and local businesses in the same industry is so valuable.

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Topics: Government Affairs, Sustainability, Business Operations

The Whole Safety Package

Posted by Heather Nortz on 9/30/19 6:59 AM

Newly available from SGIA’s Government Affairs team is the Walking Working Surfaces (WWS) Safety Package. This collection of resources is a comprehensive compliance resource that builds on our Ladder Safety Package. The recent addition of a rule overview booklet, two more posters and five checklists completes the package to be a one-stop shop for your WWS compliance needs. Here's what the package specifically includes.

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Topics: Printing Industry, OSHA, Workplace Safety, Safety Recognition

Hungry for Sustainability

Posted by Heather Nortz on 8/26/19 7:00 AM

In preparation for the eagerly awaited conversations to come during PRINTING United’s Sustainability Strategies Luncheon: Inside and Out on October 23, I reached out to two of our speakers to hear their insights on the world of sustainable print today and what they project for the future. Dale Crownover, the CEO of Texas Nameplate Company, and Brett Thompson, the Sign and Graphic Market Manager of Piedmont Plastics joined me in discussing how they define sustainable print, the generational gap with “green” vocabulary and more.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Sustainability, Printing United