Green Suite Guidelines

Resetting default margins back ½ inch on all margins, increasing net usable printing page space and utilize two sided copying

Rationale: It takes more energy to produce a single piece of paper than it does to print ten pages.


Use electronic forms for time statements and leave requests

Rationale: E forms save on paper and related transportation costs.


Commit to using document destruction service and take shredders “off-line”.

Rationale: Each 100 lbs of in house shredding entails up to 9 kilowatt/hours of power, 16-25 liners, takes from 4 to 6 hours, detracts from indoor air quality, adds noise, and costs the institution as much as $130, besides transportation costs. Moreover most individual shredders are manufactured in China and shipped with the usual primary and secondary packaging. One of the truck based units was manufactured in Portland, Oregon the other in Windsor, Ontario.


Substitute desk side trash cans for suite units

Rationale: The life cycle cost for every can exceeds $1800…based on re-lining and tipping 200 times each year (times 25 years), using between 2.3 and 8 pounds of liners and $46 of labor yearly.

Agree to a 2 degree lower set point during heating months and 2 degree higher during cooling months

Rationale: accommodating seasonal variations in temperature within the built environment can result in energy savings.


Each person within the suite commits to determining his/her transportation footprint in fuel used per week, the suite collectively will seek ways to reduce that footprint using car pooling, alternative transportation, public transportation, or working from home (department head approval required) and record use and changes throughout the year

Rationale: future change in driving habits must begin with awareness of current usage.


Use of non-disposable mugs and refillable water bottles

Rationale: Reduction of waste from disposable cups and plastic water bottles.


Use of telephone conferencing whenever appropriate.

Rationale: Reduction of travel to and from campus, therefore reducing emissions and the carbon footprint.