InterVarsity Press (IVP) received the Commercial Recycling Award from the Village of Westmont for its successful commitment to improving the environment by recycling. IVP was recognized at the November 7 Westmont Village Board Meeting as "the best and most improved big business recycler."

IVP has taken specific steps to institute an environmental stewardship program in its publishing house by educating and informing its employees on how to be responsible with natural resources. In 2010, IVP recycled twelve thousand pounds of paper, and it allows the public to drop off paper in recycling dumpsters in its parking lot.

"We feel it is not only important to use recycled paper in the books we publish, but to also practice good stewardship by instilling environmental awareness in our employees and practicing good recycling habits within our company," says Anne Gerth, director of production and fulfillment for IVP. "We are committed to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. Our employees are to be commended for their diligence."

The Village of Westmont, along with DuPage County and Waste Management, launched the community recycling program in the spring of 2011 to promote environmental responsibility in local businesses. More than two hundred local businesses have participated to date and awards were given in three categories. In addition to receiving the big business award, IVP has won free garbage pick-up for one month, compliments of Waste Management. Any Westmont business interested in learning more about the initiative can call Waste Management at (800) 796-9696.