Updating Office Procedures
The Green Team includes two full time staff members (Campus Director and Office Manager) and we decided to pull all staff together to begin to encourage more sustainable office procedures and practices. In our first year we celebrated numerous successes:
We committed to purchasing and utilizing recycled paper and office supplies. In addition, we limit the amount of deliveries by ordering in bulk in order to cut back on carbon emissions.
We replaced disposable cups, plates, and plastic wear with glasses, mugs, plate, and silverware (much of it purchased at second hand stores). When we need to resort to disposable goods (size of program, meeting or functions) we purchase compostable and recyclable goods.
The integration of composting our landscaping led us to launch a small ‘kitchen’ composting pilot at the Meijer Campus. Our commuter campus does not provide food service options other than vending and so our pilot was limited to the faculty/staff kitchenette where we encouraged people to compost coffee grounds, tea bags, and lunch scraps. Rose Yoder, Office Manager and member of the Green Team volunteered to manage this program.
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