Sustainability

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Doing our part …

Sustainability Efforts at College LibraryBeTheWe-Large

  1. Installed water-bottle refill stations
  2. Bought scanning copiers for the 1st floor
  3. Installed book scanning stations on the 1st floor
  4. Implemented motion sensor lights in study spaces
  5. Feature mixed-paper recycling
  6. Positioned recycling options in the courtyard
  7. Support discount for re-usable mugs in Café
  8. Facilitated composting in the Open Book Café
  9. Added oxygen-producing plants on 3rd floor
  10. Installed double-paned glass on all of the windows
  11. Stopped printing check-out receipts
  12. Pre-set thermostats to standard temperature
  13. Removed paper towels from restrooms
  14. Added Dyson Airblade hand dryers (80% more energy efficient)
  15. Purchased duplex printers – save paper by printing double-sided
  16. Installed low-flow faucets and toilets

Do your part …

Save Paper

  • Choose to print on both sides (duplex)
  • Always “Print Preview” to avoid printing unnecessary pages
  • Ask yourself if you really need a paper copy
  • Scan instead of print using the library’s scanning copiers

Use Refillable Containers for Beverages

  • Fill you water bottle at our water bottle refill station
  • Save money on coffee at the café by using or purchasing a refillable mug
  • Bring your own coffee in a thermos
  • Bring your lunch/snack in a reusable container

Did you know that Americans go through 25 billion plastic bottles every year?

Use our Recycling Stations

  • Use the recycle stations to quickly sort your trash
  • Know that newspaper, office paper, and even clean cardboard can be put in the “Mixed Paper” bin.

“We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein