Green Tips 

Reduce paper use

Using paper causes carbon emissions, 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, Dropbox and other cloud-based platforms for file storing and sharing.  Google Drive and Microsoft Teams/SharePoint are effective for active working files.
  • Cut waste paper into quarters and replace post-its.
  • Post this Printer Tip Sheet in your office.
  • Advise individuals to print hard copies as needed 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.

  • Don't serve single serve beverages at events. Use tap water served in large containers when possible, buy large containers for other beverages, and buy aluminum cans if necessary with recycling available.
  • Encourage bring your own (BYO) mugs/cups, plates, bowls, and utensils at all events; try a BYO printable for your office.

Reduce energy consumption

  • Shut off the lights in any unused rooms (including those on sensors).
  • Use layers of clothing, warm/cold beverages, and other personal comfort fixes before you adjust your office's heating/cooling equipment.
  • Limit use of space heaters. heating mat is more effective at keeping just you warm with lower energy usage.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle

Inform yourself

  • Watch the documentaries Plastic Ocean, Bag It, Tapped, Watermark, Food Inc., and Food Chain to educate yourself.  
  • Research eco-friendly products and foods to become an informed purchaser.

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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