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Books & eBooks

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Home Tips

  1. Turn off lights in bathroom when not in use.
  2. Use energy saving bulbs, such as fluorescent, compact fluorescent and LED.
  3. Use email instead of paper where appropriate.
  4. Think twice before printing out emails or other docs.
  5. Print on both sides of paper where possible. You can make double sided printing the default by requesting from IT, and still select one sided printing when necessary.
  6. Plug computers and other devices that use standby mode into power strips and turn off power strip at night. Why? Appliances draw power even when off! That means the purchase of power strips and getting into the habit of turning off before leaving. They do make some power strips with one or more outlets that are “always on” even when you’ve turned off the strip, if you have a phone or something like that that needs power all the time.

Media

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Work Tips

  1. Think twice before printing out emails or other docs.
  2. Print on both sides of paper where possible. You can make double sided printing the default by requesting from IT, and still select one sided printing when necessary.
  3. Turn off staff printers at night (make part of the closing and opening routine).
  4. Plug computers into power strips and turn off power strip at night. Why? Appliances draw power even when off! That means the purchase of power strips and getting into the habit of turning off before leaving. They do make some power strips with one or more outlets that are “always on” even when you’ve turned off the strip, if you have a phone or something like that that needs power all the time.
  5. Reuse interoffice envelopes.
  6. If usable, offer unused items to others or send to auction, not trash.
  7. Order recycled paper and other recycled products where appropriate.
  8. Don't throw away Paper! If used paper printed on one side, make scratch paper
  9. We placed a bin for scratch paper by the paper cutter. When we need scratch paper for reference desk—in high demand by students—paper will be waiting for use to cut and take out.
  10. Take paper products that aren't confidential to campus recycling bins.
  11. Send toner cartridges back to manufacturer so they can recycle. It's free! Check inside cartridge boxes for return materials or print or order postage-paid return shipping materials online. 
  12. Office Depot offers free recycling for cell phones, rechargeable batteries and ink & toner cartridges. They also offer other tech recycling for a fee. 

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