In an effort to reduce our impact on the environment, Facilities is replacing paper towel dispensers in campus restrooms with automatic hand dryers.
We are going paperless
Plastic garbage bags
Restocking and maintenance
Waste reduction tips
Everything goes somewhere. We are committed to reducing consumption and preserving resources.
Try reusable containers and bottles when packing your lunch.
Reusable mug discount
Whenever you bring your reusable mug to campus, you will get a discount at all food service locations.
Add compost to your kitchen
If you have an office kitchen or a kitchen in residence, make sure it has a large compost bin (If not, ). Most kitchen waste is compostable, including paper towel, paper coffee cups and paper take-out containers. Put this in your kitchen!
Recycling should be a last resort
We too often think of recycling as an ultimate sustainable task. Always remember, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is an order of processes. Reducing the amount of stuff you use should be the first priority.
Relocate recycling and composting bins!
Recycling and compost bins should be in every building on campus but they might not be in the best locations. You know the habits and patterns of your co-workers best; if you see that a recycling bin would be more effective if it were in a different location, contact and ask them to move it.
Eliminate waste before you create it (and save money)!
Bring a , return the take-out container from on-campus food providers, and bring your set to work.
Reduce paper usage
Send documents and memos electronically. If you must print, print double-sided. Be mindful of how much paper you will use when printing and adjust your document accordingly. Reduce your margin size. Print single spaced. Delete text you do not need.
Reuse single sided paper
Set up a bin to collect paper printed only on one side. For drafts use this previously used paper rather than new paper
Use rags instead of paper towels
Even when you factor in the amount of water and energy required to clean rags, they are much better for the environment than single use paper towels.