The city of Cleveland's Division of Printing and Reproduction has become the first government agency to receive certification from the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), according to a Tuesday, Aug. 14 announcement.

SGP is a non-profit organization that certifies organizations demonstrating health and safety compliance, minimization of waste, and implementation of best practices for their products, processes, and facilities. Founded in 2008, the organization was initiated by printing trade assocations.

The Cleveland Agency's SGP certification follows Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, a 10 year plan to improve Cleveland's economic and environmental health.

"My vision is to create a significant shift in the way the City of Cleveland, its corporate citizens, and its residents operate and interact with the environment," Jackson said in a press release. "By integrating sustainability principles into daily operations, we can save money, reduce our ecological footprint, and create a competitive advantage that benefits everyone."

To learn more about SGP certification, visit the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership website. The certification process includes auditing, sustainability management systems and utilization of identified best practices.