Students for a Greener Berkeley have plenty of opportunities to get involved. Two of our current projects are listed below, but follow the link above for detailed information on all of our projects.
Re-Use of Paper:
Take a look in your paper recycling bin (or your garbage can, for that matter). Chances are you've got paper with a clean useable side in there. One of the biggest impacts we can have is by REDUCING the amount of paper we use. Besides double siding, N-up printing, decreasing margin width, and single spacing, we can save paper by RE-USING existing paper. It sounds simple, but there is NO FORMAL way to do so. We intend to come up with a standard method to collect and re-use paper. This will involve a major change in mentality, thereby requiring an excellent educational campaign.
To find out more see our OSC page
Purchasing Paper Products:
The UCOP Fiscal Year 2002-2003 report lists UC Berkeley dead last among all of the UC campuses in terms of buying recycled content paper. Only 9% of paper purchased at UC Berkeley had recycled content, compared to 37% UC wide, and 75% at UC Davis!
We have been meeting with campus officials to get this changed. We aim to follow the lead of a few other universities which have mandated purchasing of 100% post-consumer recycled content office paper on their campuses, and we will work to have all paper products used at Berkeley contain recycled content paper.
In late June 2006, the campus Administration as well as UC Printing have adopted a policy to use at least 30% recycled content paper. The University has also negotiated and reached a deal with the University's preferred office supply vendor, OfficeMax, to reduce the cost of 30% recycled content paper to be within 2% of virgin paper. This is a big step forward, and we are continuing our persuasion of the University towards greener products.
To learn more about what we're doing, see our projects page.
If you are interested in the club and would like to take part, feel free to contact any one of us.
Spring 09 Meetings: 1/29 at 7:30pm
Executive Committee Meetings: TBA
T SHIRTS ARE HERE!
Please support the greening of UC Berkeley! The T's are American Apparel's Sustainable Edition, soft, unbleached organic cotton, and printed with non-toxic water based ink. No Sweatshops. (S, M, L, XL) $12.
02/07/07 1st Meeting