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The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games teams up with HP Graphic Arts to “green the Games”

 
 


Story Highlights

  • HP technology helps the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games reduce the environmental impact of its printing
  • HP Designjet L65500, HP Scitex FB6100 ensure the 2009 Games achieve high-quality, durable prints comparable to low-solvent inks
  • Signage printed using HP inks and substrates, and recyclable1 through the HP large-format printing materials take-back program,2 helps set an example for future events.

Championing environmental responsibility

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»  HP Commercial Designjet L65500
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» HP Latex Printing Technologies
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» HP large-format printing materials take-back program
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This year, organizers of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Boise, McCall and Sun Valley, Idaho, are taking the gold in a new event—environmental responsibility. With a mission to “green the Games,” organizers recognized that if they could responsibly produce the estimated 50,000 square feet of signage, they could make significant progress toward their goal.

In need of durable signage printed with the environment in mind, the World Winter Games turned to corporate sponsor HP. Thanks to its broad portfolio, including the new HP Designjet L65500 Printer and the HP Scitex FB6100 Printer, HP helped the Games reduce the environmental impact of its printing.

“Sustainability hadn’t been factored into previous Games. With the help of HP technology, we’ve taken proactive steps to make this year’s event as environmentally responsible as possible,” says Heather Hill, vice president of marketing for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The benefits of a broad portfolio

Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games - HP signage printed with the environment in-mind

From providing directions to creating an ambiance that energizes fans and athletes alike, signage plays a vital role at the 2009 Games. Thanks to the broad HP portfolio and two experienced providers, Splash!Events and Fusion Imaging, event organizers met all their signage requirements while reducing the environmental impact of their printing.

For signage printed on flexible substrates, organizers turned to the HP Designjet L65500. New water-based HP Latex Inks enable the printer to produce odorless prints3 that emit extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds. And the Games relied on the HP Scitex FB6100 with eight UV-curable inks to print on rigid, thick and heavy specialty media.

“The HP Scitex FB6100 is consistent; it can print on almost anything. And with UV-curable inks, the prints can be managed right away, saving valuable time,” says Wayne Boydstun, chief operating officer for Fusion Imaging.

Completing the circle

“Sustainability hadn’t been factored into previous Games. With the help of HP technology, we’ve taken proactive steps to make this year’s event as environmentally responsible as possible.”

Heather Hill,
Vice President of Marketing
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games
With signage throughout the city of Boise and surrounding areas, the HP Designjet L65500 and the HP Scitex FB6100 offer the World Winter Games durable prints that can withstand even the harshest winter conditions. Outdoor prints produced with the HP Designjet L65500 and HP Latex Inks provide scratch-, smudge- and water-resistance comparable to low-solvent inks on a range of media.4

HP also offers a number of durable substrates that are recyclable.1 Splash!Events used HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner and HP Heavy Textile Banner, both recyclable through the new HP large-format printing materials take-back program,2 for much of the 2009 Games’ signage.

“The HP Designjet L65500 helps us get a print that meets the client’s standard for high quality and then gives us the ability to recycle that print when the client is done,” says David Payne, principal at Splash!Events.

Leaving a legacy

Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games - athletes and HP signage

By championing printing with the environment in mind, organizers worked to make a difference during the 2009 World Winter Games as well as for future events. “We’re hoping to set an example for future World Games and sporting events in how they can leave a lesser footprint,” says Hill. “HP’s partnership really makes this possible.”


1 Recycling opportunities are currently available only in limited areas. Customers should consult local recycling resources when recycling products.
2 Program availability varies.
3 Printers using HP Latex Inks use internal heaters to dry and cure the latex polymer film. Some substrates may have inherent odor.
4 HP image permanence and scratch-, smudge- and water-resistance estimates by HP Image Permanence Lab. Results may vary based on specific media performance. For more information, see
www.hp.com/go/supplies/printpermanence.