Random House and Lantern Books Honored as Environmental Leaders
“It is a great motivator for Random House to be recognized with this leadership award from SustainPrint.com. We are proud to be in the vanguard among eco-aware book publishers, and we will work very assiduously with our Random House Inc. colleagues, our suppliers and our industry to continue to be worthy of this honor of leadership,” said Andrew Van Der Laan, director of production planning for Random House.
Random House also was part of a panel discussion at the Book Business Conference and Expo, called “Going Green: Leading Publishers Tell You How It’s Done,” where Van Der Laan—the project manager responsible for implementing Random House’s environmental paper policy—shared insights into the implementation of the company’s new policy. Van Der Laan also accepted the award on behalf of his company at the reception.
Lantern Books received the book award as the industry’s “Longtime Leader.” Lantern was among the first book publishers to develop a meaningful environmentally friendly paper policy six years ago and since then has printed most of its books on 100-percent recycled paper. The company also has worked to support the development of new paper grades for the market and to engage printers in new stocking programs that have had benefits for other publishers. Lantern also helped craft the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use and currently serves on the Treatise Leadership Council.
Lantern’s president and CEO, Gene Gollogly, accepted the award during the awards ceremony.
“Lantern Books was thrilled to receive SustainPrint.com’s first ever Longtime Leader award,” says Gollogly. “We at Lantern care deeply about recycling and responsible approaches to forestry, as well as lessening our environmental footprint in every aspect of the business. We are thrilled that so many other publishers and printers are beginning to show interest. Thank you, friends, for your acknowledgment of what we think is a critical effort.” BB