Students Want Campus to Embrace Waste Paper Initiative

As a member of the Student Technology Assistance Resource Team (START), it wasn’t uncommon for NWU senior Brent McKain to watch recycle bins in the computer labs fill quickly.

“One of the most common things we see are students printing full slideshows with individual slides on each piece of paper,” said McKain. “After making this mistake, most students toss the batch and reprint multiple slides.”

McKain pointed out the issue to other START employees and together they founded the NWU Waste Paper Initiative. Their goal is to reduce paper consumption on campus by 50 percent.

“As a group we hope to increase awareness on campus and provide solutions,” said McKain.

The students spearheading the initiative have met with various academic departments and student organizations. They discuss possible solutions including use of Google Docs and Blackboard and the option to digitally submit class assignments.

The group is also asking faculty, staff and students to sign a pledge.

“We are trying to get the pledge across campus to make Nebraska Wesleyan a digital campus and to live up to the university’s reputation of being a Tree Campus USA,” said McKain.

Faculty, staff and students can sign the electronic pledge each day from noon to 1 p.m. in the student center. The group also has a Facebook page.

McKain said the group would like to see a paper management system implemented, which would set a printing quota per student. Colleges and universities that have implemented a printing quota have reduced paper waste by 50 to 60 percent, he said.

“We are also working to get underclassmen involved to keep this group involved on campus to continue the initiative,” he said.

 

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