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We would like to hear from you. Click on COMMENTS to compliment, criticize or suggest someone to honor with our "Green Team Superhero" award.

Have an idea? Click on the "Continue reading..." link to see our current list, and add your own idea as a comment.

Following is a list of the projects that have been proposed to the Green Team. Categories include
-- Paper Use -- Electricity -- Water & Gas -- Transportation -- Consumption & Recycling-- Habitat -- Measurement & Evaluation -- Communication

Promote "Think before you print" e-mail signature phrasing
Train staff to e-mail PDF's instead of faxing
Charge each page printed and/or have collection for non-work print jobs
Set smaller margins as default
Set duplex printing as default
Archive on 2 or 4 pages per sheet
Use print preview on web browsers to prevent empty pages
Promote SAS code to reduce output size
Promote electronic data collection
Collect one-sided paper at all printers/copiers
Get newspaper collection on 3rd/4th floors
Clarify paper recycling rules
Improving bulletin board use
Protest campus-wide mailings
Get 100% post-consumer paper for copy room.printers

Turn off the icemakers and use the freezers
"Just Power Down": turn off conference lights during the day, task lighting night
Skip the elevators - elevator-free day?
Discourage use of automatic doors
Discourage space heaters and other personal high-demand devices
Switch incandescent bulbs to fluorescent
Lights are on all night long
Reducing lighting in hallways

Turn off computers (and publish backup schedule)
Turn off monitors and printers
Turn off copy machines - especially if there is a jam
Turn off power strips at night

Use blinds during summer/winter to control temperature
Chang thermostat settings
How to report water drips/toilets running

Promote Bike/Walk to work week May 12th to 16th
Epi Bike demonstration and refit
EpiBike utilization review
Critique Epi shuttle
Promote carpooling with map
ECRC bike lockers
Bike and walking paths/lanes
Teleconferences over meetings
Offer bicycle tune-ups at work
Promote telecommuting

Ask the U to demand upgradeable computers
Compact fluorescent recycling and fluorescent recycling
ink cartridge recycling
Composting with cafeteria
Swinging bathroom doors/reverse hinges with electric driers
Dishwashers and dishware
- Get glass plates and ceramic bowls
- Get flatware buckets
- Schedule Daily or when ½ full or flatware full. More use in winter.
- Move utensils into drawers
- Dish towels vs. paper towels in the kitchen
Epi re-use inventory, including laptops, gift cards, etc.
Epi event snack packaging/food sources
Fewer garbage cans/bags (in cubicles) - move to halls
Used item exchange (personal property)

Put hawk images on windows
Use native plants for landscaping

Get baseline and ongoing utility measurements
Get baseline and ongoing hard goods consumption (paper, etc)
Do a carbon footprint

Create on-line posting area for rideshare, etc
Conservation resource guide
Put tips and updates in EpiCH news
Publish newsletter and tip sheets


Our green effort is one of the most important things we have done as a Division--it really is a statement about us as citizens of the globe. I am grateful to our colleagues who have pushed this forward.



My dad and I went to the
Twins game and while driving home noticed that ALL the lights in WBOB were
on. I realize there are cleaning crews overnight, but all the lights?! Maybe
a question to raise at your next meeting.

The current ice maker plan is to replace the 3rd floor machine with the one that is currently on the lower level.

I have received a couple of suggestions. One was that we stock unbleached paper for the division, in addition to it being recycled.

Another suggestion was that the large TV monitor at the front desk displaying announcements is turned off on evenings and weekends.

One idea that may entice more people to attend meetings is maybe considering holding some meetings at the ECRC. I realize there are more WBOB-ers on the committee, but perhaps one meeting at ECRC to every 3 at WBOB. Sometimes my regular Monday appointment was through by 12:15-12:20, and I considered coming over but then by the time I walk over, get up to 4th floor, etc...but had it been here I would have stopped by. Just something to think about.

Thank you to the Green Team members. I appreciate your efforts to educate the rest of us.

How many FedEx / UPS envelopes (not packages) do we send as a division? Are there more efficient ways of sending paperwork to others (using fax, e-mail attachments, USPS (less expensive?), etc. How would sending e-mail attachments affect our computers/memory/storage?

Could you please add "Promote Telecommuting" to the Transportation list?
Thank you.

June 06, 2008

Elizabeth noted that the garbage in the 3rd floor kitchen always has paper or discarded mail in it. She suggested we switch the order of the recycling and garbage so recycling is the first bin people see when rounding the corner. To combat a similar problem in the copy room, the garbage could be removed.

I twice switched the order but each time it was moved back. It may take a sign.

Aug 21 2008

Congrats on your team efforts to date! You may find other ideas from this University Clean and Green Team:
Blog of the Institute on Community Integration's Clean and Green Initiative

Thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas through this blog and meeting minutes.

Amy Short
Sustainability Coordinator

(Oct 14, 2008)

Hi, I just read the newsletter (1/8) and it asked for suggestion on whether to keep topics about "green tips" for office or home. I really like the office tips. Since I'm here, I can do it right away. I read other sources for green tips at home, so I would be less likely to benefit from home tips in the newsletter. That's just me, but maybe others in the division agree (?). Thanks for reading.

At home I recycle cardboard like boxes that I break down. We receive many boxes of "stuff" at EpiCH. Why don't we have a cardboard recycling bin? Or is there one and I don't know where it is? Alternatively, some of us look for boxes to reuse for packing and mailing. Maybe we can have postings for people looking for boxes to reuse.

The new paper wrappers are recyclable.

Sorry for the late notice if you did not receive my first email about this event...Carlson students/staff Green Group will be working to reduce their carbon footprint. This is their kick-off meeting. Even if you cannot make the event you may want to connect with their efforts.

Amy Short

Will Steger – Global Warming and Green Initiatives!
Tuesday, February 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Carlson School 3M Auditorium

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome and encouraged to join us. Will Steger will give a keynote presentation and talk about global warming, the Will Steger Foundation, and his work with businesses on their green initiatives. After Steger's presentation, Mark Schiller, chair of the Carlson School's Green Group, will present on what the Carlson School and businesses can do to reduce their environmental footprints. All students, faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota are welcome to attend. Event is sponsored by the Carlson School's Undergraduate Program.

Suggestion received - WBOB parking lot lights don't need to be on all day.


Tuesday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

$15 breakfast at Red Stagg

We'll discuss a new law that will make it easier for homeowners and businesses across Minnesota to make energy-efficiency and renewable-energy improvements to their properties: Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).