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Multimedia and Print Center Goes Greener

Penn State's Multimedia and Print Center (MPC) has adopted a new environmentally friendly printing technology.

A new system that images plates used for printing makes the "upstream" part of the printing process greener. Although focusing on the final product by using recycled paper is valuable both economically and environmentally, this new printing technology incorporates more sustainable practices in how printed materials are actually produced.

The new platemaking system replaces traditional photographic light-sensitive emulsion with a process that essentially burns, rather than exposes, an image. In this process, chemicals and water are not needed to develop the plate, thus saving water and eliminating discharges of chemicals into the waste system.

"As in many good sustainable practices, this technology provides a perfect intersection of environmentally sound practices and significant economic benefits," says Abbas Badani, director of MPC.