As the academic year begins to wind down, computer labs in universities across the county will begin humming, churning out essays and reports. These institutions have implemented policies aimed at curbing the volume of paper consumed by their students. Online homework and emailing papers were good first steps; steps that have been complimented by imposing a hard cap on how much paper students consume during a semester.
Yet, for all the work universities have done to reduce the amount of paper used across campus, it’s strange that leadership — socially conscience governing bodies — continues apace, printing board book after board book. One hundred pages here, one hundred pages there, ten board books for this meeting, year after year. It adds up. One forest at a time, I suppose.