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THE PAPER PROJECT

Club:  UofU EnviroClub 

Submitted by: Todd Lehman

Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Project objective: Move the UofU library to 100% recycled paper for all printers, while showing in a compelling way just how much paper is used in the library and where it actually comes from.


Project Details: 

After calling the library to congratulate them on an awesome job in sustainability, we discovered that they weren't fully going green with their paper consumption.  We found out that together we were using upwards of 5 million sheets of paper every single year, and that none of is was of any post-consumer recycled quality.  So we talked with the library green team to move all staff and student printers to 100% recycled paper.  With a ton of the recycled paper, we also made a display that showcase just how much we saved, and where our paper actually comes from.

Key Actions

-Teamed up with the library green team to push for recycled quality paper in all the printers.  It actually saved them considerable amounts of money.

-Design and a create mixed media mural about the "Life Cycle of Paper."

-Request funding from the Student Club Committee to purchase mural materials and the first round of pallets of paper to start the library on the right foot.

Project Cost: $5000. Cost for first round of paper, and for a pizza party to create mural designs. 

Words of Advice

-GO BIG OR GO HOME! 

-Definitely utilize other green teams on campus!  Without the library green team, we wouldn't have made such an impact.

-Utilize funding from the Student Club Committee at your school.  They've got tons of money for student projects!