Green Tips for your office!

Reduce paper use! Using paper causes carbon emission, pollution, and depletion of natural resources.

  • Print double sided whenever possible
  • Save single sided waste paper and make it accessible for informal printing and reuse
  • Use and teach others to use Wesfiles
  • Cut waste paper into quarters and replace post-its
  • Here is a Printer Tip Sheet printable for your office
  • Use WesFiles or DropBox for file storage and sharing
  • Use Google Drive for active working files (docs, sheets, slides, etc.!)
  • Advise individuals to print hard copies as desired rather than utilizing batch printing 

Reduce plastic use! Producing plastic consumes high amounts of fossil fuels, burns fuel and causes pollution when recycled, and ends up out in the environment, harming plants, animals, and water resources.

  • Stop using single serve beverages at events:  use tap water served in large containers when possible; buy larger containers for other beverages; buy aluminum cans if necessary and make recycling/deposit container available
  • Encourage BYO mugs/cups, plates, bowls, utensils, etc. at all events
  • Here is a BYO printable for your office

Make sustainable purchases! 

  • Try to purchase US sourced, eco-friendly products when possible (recommendations coming!).

Reduce energy consumption!

  • Shut off the lights in any unused rooms
  • Use layers of clothing rather than heating/cooling equipment to regulate your office temperature

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

  • Participate in the Mini-Bin Initiative
  • Reduce and reuse first, then recycle as last resort
  • Join Freecycle 
  • Don't know if something should be recycled?  Check the list here
  • Make signs that remind others to reduce, reuse, then recycle.  Read this article for more.

Inform yourself

  • Watch Bag It, Tapped, Watermark, Food Inc, Food Chain, any other documentaries you can find about the status of our natural resources.   

Green Minutes


  • Earth Month By Dawn Alger (Theater)
  • Green Office Certification By Megan Flagg (Academic Affairs)
  • Saving Energy at the End of the Year By Dawn Alger (Theater)
  • Reuse, Recycle, Recap! By Anika Dane (MB&B)


  • Energy Commitment By Anika Dane (MB&B)
  • Freecycle! By Dawn Alger (Theater)
  • Tips for staying warm while conserving energy in Winter. By Anika Dane (MB&B)
  •  a brief overview of changes (e.g., solar installation at Athletics, solar farm at Long Lane, natural gas co-gen system, lighting, etc.), that Wesleyan has implemented in order to save energy and costs over the last ten years. By Mark Chadsey (Physical Plant)


  • Not only do plants liven up our working space, they provide: increased oxygen which is energizing, calming and soothing; improved heart health and rapid recovery from headaches and migraines. By Blanche Meslin (Biology)
  • Use unsolicited faxes and other junk mail as scrap paper to print unofficial notices (such as the AA Support Staff Agenda) By Liz Tinker (English)
  • Rolling out the Tiny Trash Can Initiative By Dawn Alger (Theater)
  • Sign up for Freecycle By Ros Carrier-Brault (Chemistry)
  • Test your eco-awareness with this Quiz!  By Anita Deeg-Carlin (Physics)
  • Great ways to reduce paper in your office or department.  By Liz Tinker (English)
  • Earth Month events at Wesleyan, including the movie Bag It.  See trailer here.  By Valerie Marinelli (College of the Environment)
  • Reducing waste!  By Anika Dane (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)
  • Report of Green Team Accomplishments during our first year.

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