Approved by the: University Senate - October 30, 2003
Administration - See comment*
Board of Regents - no action required
*I fully support the principles of conservation and efficiency, which is why I charged a Sustainability and Energy Conservation Policy Work Group in October, 2003. I asked the working group to develop an institutional policy framework that will translate into long-term, systematic strategies for integrating sustainable practices and energy conservation across research, teaching, operations, and outreach at the University of Minnesota. Since the recycling and printer resolutions naturally complement and support this effort, I am referring the resolutions to its co-chairs, Vice President Kathleen O'Brien and Executive Associate Vice President Al Sullivan, to consider as they shape University policy in this area.

Recycling Paper Resolution

Whereas, the University of Minnesota is a large institution that puts a substantial demand on resources and,

Whereas, the University of Minnesota is a world-class institution of higher learning that needs to be a leader in sustainable practices in the community and,

Whereas, over 2,000 students and faculty have given signatures of support for a policy of using only post-consumer waste (pcw) recycled paper and,

Whereas, some departments of the University of Minnesota currently purchase 30% pcw recycled paper at a cheaper price than paper with zero recycled content.

Whereas, the U of M community demonstrates strong support for this change in policy and this policy is a simple and economical step to lessen our impact on our natural environment.

Therefore, the University Senate recommends that the University of Minnesota adopt a policy that all departments, computer labs and libraries on its campuses purchase paper that is a minimum of 30% pcw recycled paper. Exceptions to this policy may be made in instances where a paper requirement must be met. Even under these conditions, the University of Minnesota should try to use recycled paper whenever possible. In this way, the University of Minnesota will set an example for other schools and institutions to follow.

Approved by the Social Concerns Committee, May 5, 2003

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