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Reducing Paper and other Resource Use

Tips for Faculty & Staff
  1. Use a recycle box. Use an old copy paper box for recycling paper in your office, then dump the collected paper into a central recycling bin at the end of each week.
  2. Use hallway recycling containers; be sure you place all bottles and cans into the recycling container in the hallways. Encourage students to do the same,
  3. Re-use unwanted printed paper (memos, fliers) as copy paper—just flip it over and print onto the blank side.
  4. Don’t discard old documents with the paper clips or spring-type binder clips. Re-use the paper clips and binder clips.
  5. Re-use file folders: re-label them or turn them inside out.
  6. Share excess office supplies; don’t order supplies just use up the budget.
  7. Donate re-usable, unwanted items to students. Place them in hallways marked “free” or bring the items to your classes.
  8. Freecycle art and stationery supplies in The Center, Dubinsky Center, A739.
  9. Recycle Batteries in The Center, Dubinsky, A739.
  10. Tell students about recycling. As part of your first day of class guidelines announce the hallway recycling locations to your students. Remind them to use the recycling bins periodically throughout the semester.
  11. Use fewer classroom handouts and make better use of ANGEL/Blackboard. Scan articles, handouts, lecture notes, use web-links, video-links, etc.
  12. Donate unused textbooks to the annual “Books for Africa” book drive held in the lobby of every building at the end of every semester. (Remind students to contribute too!) Or donate them to the FIT Library or a local library in your community.
  13. Cancel unwanted junk mail and catalogs sent to your office by contacting the Mail Room at 7-4764 or by emailing Patrick Watson at
  14. At home, take the time to call the 800 number on the catalogs you no longer want and have them canceled.
  15. Do not use paper fliers to advertise your schoolwide events. Use email or voicemail communication instead.

Prepared by Robert Vassalotti, Co-chair of the Sustainability Council
Edited by Dr. Artie Kopelman, Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Sustainability & member the Sustainability Council
Revised 9/19/12 (Original March 9, 2009)

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