A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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Comments & questions to:
ITS Sustainability website (www.macalester.edu/ITS/sustainability). Find information on paper and energy saving practices such as:
- Printing more than one page of a document on one sheet of papertaking notes on your pdf readings
- Taking notes on your pdf readings
- Grading papers electronically
- Putting computers in to sleep mode to save energy
- Recycling ipods and cell phones on and off campus
Other Academic Office Opportunities:
- HourCar (www.HOURCAR.org) a pay-by-the-hour car share program, is located adjacent to campus and has departmental memberships available for Macalester Departments.
- If you need to purchase cups, compostable cups can be purchased from Deb Novotny in catering (email@example.com, x6313).
- Send used ink jet cartridges and used overhead transparencies to Ann Esson (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Environmental Studies for recycling. There is also a drop box for ink jet cartridges outside the Highlander.
- The Highlander drop box will also take old cell phones and PDAs.
Sustainable Meetings at Macalester in Ten Steps:
- Get buy in. Macalester is working on a campus-wide procurement policy and the last two Reunion committees have worked hard to reduce the impact of that event. The Macalester community supports greening events, but make sure to get buy in for it from the meeting host
- Use paperless technology. Use electronic technology to cut down your paper use. Create an event web site; offer electronic registration and confirmation; and advertise using the Piper and/or email.
- Reduce travel impact. Reduce distances traveled by speakers and attendees, if possible. Offset your airline travel by speakers. The sustainability office and reunion participants will offset travel by giving a donation to Macalester’s Clean Energy Revolving fund (http://www.macalester.edu/cerf/). Vanguard, Macalester’s travel agent, (763-746-8877) will also tally miles for inclusion in the greenhouse gas emissions inventory (you also get to keep your frequent flyer miles and the college also gets miles).
- Practice the 3Rs. Ask for additional recycling containers when you reserve you space.
- Zero waste. Reduce waste by including composting and food waste recycling in your event. Composting requires special compostable dishware and silverware and special compost pick up, so it is applicable for large events. Arrangements can be made for picking up food waste that will be made in to pig food for large and small events. Deb Novotny (email@example.com) is the contact for dishware the pig food. Laurie Salden is the contact for compost pick up (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bulk up. Ask Bon Appétit for bulk dispensers for sugar, salt, pepper, cream and other condiments. Ask for carafes of water instead of bottled water.
- Eat green. Ask for organic and/or local, seasonal foods for your event and include vegetarian meals.
- Close the recycling loop. Have all printed materials published on recycled paper, using vegetable-based inks, and on both sides of the page.
- Purchase sustainable materials for your event. Purchase products that are healthy, environmentally-friendly, and socially just. Kathy Johnson’s (email@example.com) office employs a sustainability procurement student worker who can help with sustainability and procurement questions.
- Spread the word! Tell your event participants what you have done.