The rooftop at our magazine printer is covered with solar panels – just one example of the ways this company reduces its carbon footprint.

Gonzaga readers care about sustainability and often have questions about the environmental impact of their (favorite!) magazine. The 2016 reader survey yielded 16 comments related to printing concerns. Here are a few questions we’re happy to answer:

Q: If I receive the email with a link to the magazine online, will I still receive a paper copy in the mail?

You have options. If you love receiving the print magazine but would still like an email, you can have both. If you prefer to receive an email reminder when a new magazine is online instead of receiving a paper copy, we will honor that.

TELL US your preferences: email or visit

Q: I know the paper is compostable, but is the ink safe for the worms in my compost bin?

Yes. Using plant-based (soy) inks has been an industry standard for several years.

Q: Have you done a serious cost-benefit analysis of the magazine?

Yes. Here are some elements we evaluate on an ongoing basis:

  1. The cost of the individual piece. You’ll be happy to know that a single issue of Gonzaga Magazine costs just 88 cents to print, so even with postage and transportation, your copy is still less than $1.
  2. Engagement with our readers. In our 2016 readership survey, 88.7 percent said they “agree” or “strongly agree” that the magazine “strengthens my personal connection to Gonzaga.” There is nothing more important to us than maintaining ties with our Zags.
  3. A third of those same respondents in #2 said they made a donation to the university as a result of receiving the publication. While it’s hard to know whether an online gi is in specific response to the magazine, it’s certainly easy to calculate checks received in the provided envelope, and those total around $60,000 annually.

Q: I noticed your magazine uses responsible FSC sources for your paper but I wondered if GU will be trying to use recycled paper in future publications to be responsible to our environment?

Yes. The issue you’re holding now is printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. We’ve made this switch with Gonzaga Magazine as a demonstration of our commitment to earth-friendly practices. And, you’ll be happy to know that this comes at no added expense, thanks to the buying power available by using the same printer as a fellow Jesuit school.

Thanks for asking such great questions.

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