At an orientation for new faculty the other day, the environmental officer handed me a flier on ways to contribute to my university's "sustainability efforts." Some of these are long-accomplished in our library, but others are new ideas:
* Policy to prefer recycled content paper or other products
* Shut off equipment overnight and on weekends (computer monitors, lights, projectors and copiers
* Reduce waste:
~~~~ Choose re-usable over disposable where feasible
~~~~ Go paperless with processes & communication
~~~~ Use scrap paper trays to re-use paper; double sided copies, print sparingly
~~~~ Use your mug for drinks at the caff rather than disposable cups
~~~~ Glass, metal, plastic, paper, cardboard, cartridges
~~~~ Donate usable office supplies, furniture & equipment
* Reduce your transit footprint
~~~~ Bike, public transit, zipcar, carpooling
* Share your ideas for sustainability
Now that I think of it, it's kind of ironic that it was a paper handout.
The image is a 2005 poster from NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at http://www.noaa.gov/earthday/index.html where they evidently have been taking Earth Day seriously right along. Good for you guys!