Get Involved: Sustainability for Faculty and Staff
Go Green, Big Red!
As part of the Denison community, faculty and staff can help to foster a sustainable community by leading through example. Already, numerous offices, departments, and campus groups have worked to reduce their carbon footprint and use of resources, but we can continue to improve. In the past semester, many staff members participated in Walk to Work Wednesdays, and reduced their printing by providing assignments online and corresponding electronically. Denison is committed to being a more sustainable campus; please help us to reduce our use of both natural resources and financial resources.
Making a More Sustainable Workplace
Small Changes, Big Difference:
- Turn off lights, appliances, and electronics
- Buy Energy Start certified products and light bulbs
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Air dry your clothes-you can borrow drying racks from the Service Center
- Make use of natural night
- Think before you print, and print double-sided
- Bring your own reuseable mug/cup to Slayter (and receive a discount!)
- Conserve water- take shorter showers
- Buy local and organic
- Consider borrowing items you want/need from a friend instead of buying new
- Drive less- walk and bike around campus and Granville
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Respect- see the Campus Recycling Guide [pdf]
- spread the word, and practice what you preach
- More ways to save energy [pdf]
For more information about creating a sustainable workplace, view the Green Office Certification Program.
Classifieds and Rideshare
Denison now has its own classifiedes and rideshare board. Check it out here.
As a campus, Denison made over 15 million copies last year. Finding ways to reduce this amount will not only be better for the environment, but it will also save a considerable amount of money. Here are some ideas for reducing your prints and making less of an impact.
- Scan documents to PDF instead of printing
- Post items on Blackboard or the Web vs. making printed copies
- If you have to print, print in draft mode
- Change the margins on your documents and change the font (Garamond and Times are good) to reduce the number of pages and ink used
- Consider downloading and using ecofonts
- Always print double-sided and print in draft or gray scale
- Use recycled content paper (100% recycled is the goal)
- Give others an option to send and receive documents electronically
- Review your print strategy on a regular basis to identify areas to improve
- Utilize the Multi-Function printers and the Copy Center to make your copies and prints. Inkjet and Laser Jet printers are more expensive to operate and less efficient.
Kill-A-Watt at Denison
Staff members can check out a Kill-A-Watt device from the circulation desk in the library to monitor the energy use of various electronics and appliances in their offices or their homes.
Recycling at Denison
It’s not of question of how to recycle, but rather will you recycle?
- Recycling bins are located throughout campus in all of our academic buildings and residence halls. Recycling bins are also conveniently located outside along walkways. Bins are labeled WET or DRY to denote the type of material they can accept.
Below is a short list of the common items you can recycle on campus. For a comprehensive list, please consult the Campus Recycling Guide [pdf].
|What Can Be Recycled At Denison|
|Glass Bottles and Jars
|Office Paper (including post-its, envelopes and index cards)
Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
|Batteries (Rechargeable, Alkaline, Cell Phone)
Computers and Monitors
CDs and DVDs
Toner and Ink Cartridges
Measure your Environmental Footprint
Denison recently signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This means that Denison will be working towards reducing its carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral over the next few years. As a employee at Denison you are an important part of the process both in being an active participant in our campus efforts and by reducing your own footprint:
The Sustainability Office would like to hear from you. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or ideas about how we can make Denison a more sustainable campus, please share your ideas using our online form!