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Greening an English Program – Other Changes

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The Give-Away Shelf – As mentioned in the student orientation materials, we started a give-away shelf in the student lounge. A collection was conducted at the end of the summer term, soliciting non-perishable food and usable household items and school supplies from students and teachers. The items were placed in a large cabinet in the student lounge, and students were invited to take or leave items there throughout the term. Unfortunately, while school supplies were somewhat popular, many other items went unclaimed.

Staff Resource Use – During teacher orientation, staff members were asked to turn off lights and air conditioners between classes. They were also encouraged to make double-sided copies and print on used paper when possible. Paper recycling boxes were placed in each office.

Office Supplies – We raised the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in our office paper and found recycled post-it notes.

Recycling – In addition to raising the profile of the recycling services offered at HELP during our student orientation, we also took advantage of a University of Hawaii initiative to recycle old computers. In the fall of 2006, we recycled two carloads of old computers, printers and monitors that had been sitting in a HELP storage room.

Tote Bag – As part of their welcoming package, students were provided with a cloth tote bag that they were encouraged to use instead of plastic bags while shopping.

Trading for a Mini – In a display of personal commitment, the program director traded in his SUV for a Mini in the fall of 2006.

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