10 Easy Tips to Green Meetings

  1. Put it in writing: Establish an environmental policy statement for the meeting
  2. Use paperless technology: Select electronic registration and materials
  3. Meet close: Walk between meeting venues and housing or use public transportation
  4. Practice the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  5. Bulk up: Replace individual servings with bulk sugar and creamers
  6. Lighten your stay: Utilize linen reuse programs and bulk dispensers for shampoos and soaps
  7. Eat green: Use local, seasonal, organic and vegetarian food options
  8. Close the recycling loop: Use recycled papers, vegetable-based inks and double-sided printouts—and provide recycle bins next to trash cans
  9. Save energy: Turn off lights and audio-visual equipment when not in use and turn down air conditioning and heat
  10. Spread the word: Announce the plan and celebrate the savings

General Recycling:

1.  In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash for his or her children.

2.  Recycling all of your home’s waste newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds per year.

3.  Each of us generates an average of 4.4 pounds of waste per day.

4.  In this decade, it is projected that Americans will throw away over 1 million tons of aluminum cans and foil, more than 11 million tons of glass bottles and jars, over 4.5 million tons of office paper and nearly 10 million tons of newspaper. Almost all of this material could be recycled.

5.  One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

Recycling's Indirect Impact

There are significant long-term benefits to recycling...

  • Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree.
  • Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
  • Making cans from recycled aluminum saves 95 percent of the energy required to produce cans from virgin material.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial airline fleet every three months.

Recycling efforts at CU have prevented over 235,000 fir trees from being cut down and have saved 415,000 gallons of gasoline, 98 million gallons of water, 843,000 pounds of air pollutants, 65 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and 67,500 cubic yards of landfill waste since 1980.