Earth Week in the Library

How much paper does the Library use each week? Let's just say it's not pretty.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and we green-minded folk here in the Library will be celebrating all week.  Since this is our first year officially celebrating Earth Week, we thought we’d put up a few displays to encourage everyone to start thinking about how the Library could be more sustainable.  So if you visit our building this week, be sure to take a look at:

1) Our 5’3″ stack of paper in the  second floor computer lab, which represents the 45,000 sheets of paper our Library printers use up each week.

2) Our growing collection of recycled paper, showing how much paper is thrown into the recycling bin in the computer lab each week.  While we’re glad that this paper is being recycled rather than just thrown away, we hope to impress upon all of our patrons just how much paper is wasted each week. Please only print when necessary!

3) Our “These Come From Trees” reminder stickers, now on every Library printer, copier, and paper towel dispenser.

4) A display of sustainability-themed books in our fourth floor Quiet Study Room.

5) Recommendations for sustainability-related resources from our faculty and staff, on the first floor right inside the Library’s terrace entrance

6) A big sheet of paper (reused, naturally!) where you can write down your own ideas and suggestions for how the Library should go green in 2010.

Also, check back here at Infospot @ WML throughout the week for green-themed books that we’ve just recently added to our collection.

And when you’re not in the Library, be sure to participate in some of the joint University of Scranton/City of Scranton Earth Week activities, starting with tonight’s concert by alternative rock band Monty Are I and culminating on Friday with the popular Fair Trade Fair.

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