Posty Cards Selected to Receive a 2021 USGBC Leadership Award for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Green Building

Leadership Award recipients will be honored virtually during USGBC Live event


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Kansas City, MO – June 10, 2021 Posty Cards, a manufacturer of business-to-business greeting cards and PrintForest, a provider of certified sustainable commercial print have been named a 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award recipient by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The companies join an impressive slate of awardees that include organizations, projects and individuals around the world who are using green building and sustainable practices to improve the quality of life for those around them. This year’s recipients will be recognized at the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony taking place on Thursday, June 10, 2021, during the inaugural USGBC Live virtual event.

“Following a difficult year, it is truly inspiring to recognize our green building leaders that have continued their commitment to green building and sustainable communities while adapting to the changing environments around us,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award awardees have improved our world through the power of green building and it is their contributions and work that have helped our communities stay safe and healthy.”

Posty Cards was awarded LEED Platinum certification for their Kansas City headquarters and manufacturing facility in 2012. Since then, continuous improvement of their sustainable practices has resulted in more than ten 3rd party verifications covering every aspect of the Posty Cards operation. Most recently, Posty Cards and PrintForest achieved the first TRUE certification awarded in Missouri and the first platinum-level TRUE certification awarded to a printing facility in the U.S. The TRUE certification documents the diversion of more than 90 percent of the company’s solid waste from landfills while helping cut greenhouse gases and reducing costs with more efficient use of resources.

“It’s exciting to see that our zero-waste and recycling efforts are equivalent to the carbon-reducing impact of planting 4,400 trees a year,” said Erick Jessee, the President of Posty Cards and PrintForest. “We’re pleased that Posty Cards can be a role model for what small businesses can accomplish. Collectively, what small businesses do has a huge impact on the sustainability of our communities.”

The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients represent some of the best of USGBC’s 10,000 member organizations, a network of committed professionals with more than 106,000 LEED commercial projects in more than 180 countries and territories around the world. The efforts of the awardees stand out as exceptional examples of sustainability leadership among a strong and growing network of projects, companies, and individuals. For more information about the awards ceremony, visit USGBC Live.

About Posty Cards and PrintForest

Posty Cards ( designs and prints personalized business greeting cards and calendars that are shipped nationwide in quantities ranging from 50 to 100,000. PrintForest ( is a sustainable printing division of Posty Cards offering easy, online ordering for custom, printed business materials. Posty Cards’ commitment to sustainability is seen in its use of sustainable paper, soy ink, 388 solar panels, and LEED Platinum-certified headquarters and manufacturing facility. Posty Cards is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for sustainably sourced paper, Green-e for 100-percent renewable energy use, GBCI for a zero-waste facility, and the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership for sustainable operations.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offeringsan international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.