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Going Green: Make Your New Year’s Resolution Around "The Three R’s"

Explorer B

Do you ever find yourself sifting through a pile of paper at your desk looking for your meeting notes and those few to-do items? Or, have you mistakenly throw away that action item for this week’s deadline? This has certainly happened to me (d'oh!), so I decided to try something new.

I picked up a small, magnetic dry erase board from Urban Outfitters for about $10 for my work station. It’s a quick, easy solution for meeting notes, to-do lists, and reminders. Future items can easily be added to my Outlook calendar, further reducing my overall use of paper. Here some additional tips for reducing paper usage: 

  • Set printer defaults and copiers to double-sided.
  • Use that back side of printed paper for drafts, internal documents, or scratch paper.
  • Send documents electronically when possible.
  • Create shared drives for work groups to access pertinent information when needed.
  • Use the notes function of your smart phone, tablet, or electronic device.
  • Recycle office paper and encourage others to participate.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.  That’s one of my New Year’s resolutions.  Let us know how you plan on using your green filter in 2012 by commenting below or by sending your tips to

DING!  You are now free to be green!