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Cosand Center Employees to Cut Back on Paper Trails

July 11, 2010

From now through Sept. 10, St. Louis Community College’s Cosand Center is participating in a two-month paper reduction challenge in conjunction with the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

The Cosand Center’s goal is to achieve a 10 percent minimum reduction in paper consumption for printing and copying. Fifteen teams will compete against their own two-month baseline to try to reach the 10 percent goal. The baseline paper usage was measured in May and June by Tim Nolde in the Copy Center.

A grand prize will be awarded to the team that improves the most over its baseline usage. Awards also will be given to each team that achieves the goal, as well as an innovation award for creative approaches to reduce paper use over the “usual” way business is done in that department. The Cosand Center can earn a possible four points in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

Participants can learn more about the cost, trees, water, pulp waste and energy associated with making paper. The rules of the challenge also are posted on the "green section of the website under the “Cosand Center Paper Reduction Challenge” logo. 
Peggy Moody, districtwide sustainability coordinator, is serving as coach for this challenge. Staff will receive paper reduction tips biweekly. Tim Nolde will track paper count and post biweekly results of team paper usage.