Maricopa Community Colleges Reinforce Commitment to Sustainability with Paper Reduction Campaign

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In coordination with Campus Sustainability Day on October 26, the Maricopa Community Colleges will launch a year-long paper reduction campaign with a goal of cutting paper use by 10%.

Maricopa Community Colleges Paper Reduction Pledge
Our District and its colleges are committed to sustainability and to paper reduction. I’m inviting all our students and employees to make a commitment to sustainability by making their pledge on October 26.

The Maricopa Community Colleges will launch a year-long paper reduction campaign with a goal of cutting paper use by 10%. The campaign, which begins on Oct. 26, 2011, Campus Sustainability Day, is just one of many the District and its 10 colleges are conducting to support sustainability.

In an organization the size of the Maricopa Community Colleges – one of the largest educational institutions in the United States – a 10% reduction is a big deal. The organization is estimated to use roughly 620,000 pounds of paper a year in its various activities. This accumulates to approximately 113,000 reams of paper stacked about three and a half miles high.

Campus sustainability day will feature booths at all the Maricopa Community Colleges and District Office, at which volunteers will solicit pledges from students and employees to cut their paper use. The goal is to obtain 10,000 paper-reduction pledges over the course of that campaign. Additional paper reduction activities that remind students and employees of their pledge to reduce paper use, will be scheduled throughout the year.

“Our District and its colleges are committed to sustainability and to paper reduction,” said Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “I’m inviting all our students and employees to make a commitment to sustainability by making their pledge on October 26.”

The District formally committed to sustainability in Feb. 17, 2010, when Dr. Glasper signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a pledge on the part of the Chancellor, faculty and staff of the District to take into account environmental responsibility, social justice and equity and economic viability. The District’s Governing Board also passed a resolution affirming its commitment to sustainability in December 2008.
As part of the District’s commitment, sustainability efforts have been developed across the organization, some of which include trip reduction efforts, recycled waste programs, and a pilot program aimed at measuring sustainability outcomes – Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) at two colleges.

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.

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