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This page is an archive of library green tips.  Check out the U of U Office of Sustainability website for additional information.

 Here are some things to think about during the holidays:
--Use recycled/recyclable paper for gift wrap
--If you're shopping for last minute gifts, consider a gift card.
--Focus on local and organic food for your holiday feasting.
--Marriott has battery recycling spots so be sure to bring your used batteries in after the holidays.
--Salt Lake County picks up Christmas trees and turns them into mulch. Leave them at the curb on your street January 4-31. For more information, see

Battery recycling is available at 2 locations in the Library. There is a container located in the 5th floor Break/Lunch room for staff to put used batteries. For staff and the public there is a container at the Student Computing Services (SCS) desk in the Knowledge Commons.

If you have leftovers, don’t reach for the cling wrap or aluminum foil to store food.  Use a dish covered with a plate instead.  It’s healthier for you and the environment.

A group of ASUU students is attempting to gather support for greater recycling at Rice-Eccles stadium. Please visit the link below and consider adding your voice to the effort. Every game 8 tons of waste is produced and none of it is recycled.

10 key questions to say “yes” to before purchasing a product:

1. Is this product needed?
2. Is this product non-toxic and safe to use?
3. Is the product practical, durable, well made, and of good quality?
4. Is the product made from renewable, recycled or post-consumer materials?
5. Does the manufacturer practice sound sustainable manufacturing and fair trade practices?
6. After the products useful life can it be recycled, composted, re-used or donated?
7. Is the packaging recyclable or biodegradable?
8. Is there a low carbon and energy use from transporting the product?
9. Will it be easy to maintain by being low maintenance, cost, time and energy?
10.Can the product be purchased used, borrowed or rented instead of purchased new?

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What is Water Conservation?
Water conservation is the act of preserving natural freshwater supplies through the use of technologies and behaviors that prevent their waste and contamination.

Why is Water Conservation important?
Rapid population growth over the last 15 years has put an immense strain on the available freshwater supplies in the United States. According to the EPA, "between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population nearly doubled. However, in that same period, public demand for water more than tripled! Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day - enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses! This increased demand has put additional stress on water supplies and distribution systems, threatening both human health and the environment. A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013."

How can I conserve water?
1. Fix leaky faucets and toilets. The EPA estimates that a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year and a leaky toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water a day!
2. Take showers instead of baths. A full bath tub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons.
3. Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sinks. The average faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Installing aerators can save up to 77 percent of your normal water usage without sacrificing water pressure. Also, remember to turn the water off while brushing teeth or washing dishes.
4. Use a low-flow toilet. Most toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water each flush. If you don't have the time or money to replace yours with a low-flow model, try this DIY method: place 2 bricks or a gallon jug filled with water or sand (be sure to seal the top with tape) and place it down in the bottom of the toilet tank. The bricks or jug will displace about a gallon of water, meaning your toilet will use less each flush.


  • Clean and test the furnace. Did you know that your furnace needs cleaning? Yep ... it collects all kinds of dust and debris which not only affects its performance but could cause a fire. Before you really need the heat, get out your owner's manual for instructions on how to clean it. No manual? If you have a gas furnace, have it professionally inspected once a year.
  • Move furniture or any obstructions from vents, baseboard heaters, registers on the floor or radiators so that air moves freely. This is also a good time to vacuum these areas to remove any dust or debris. And here's a tip if you have a radiator ... place a reflecting panel behind it ... you can purchase one at a home center or make one yourself with a plywood panel and aluminum foil.
  • Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they can't be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.

Are you looking for a new way to carry your groceries or a second use for your favorite concert t-shirt? Simply turn the t-shirt inside out and stitch along the bottom hem. Now turn that t-shirt back and cut along the arm holes. You now have a one-of-a kind grocery shopping bag that will put those plastic grocery bags to shame.

Feeling a little light on the lingo? Here's the newest recycling slang. (thanks to Jerry Seinfield and San Diego County Waste Management):

  • pre-cycle: the practice of reducing waste by attempting to avoid bringing items and products into the home or business which will generate waste.
  • e-cycle: the process of recycling the components or metals contained in used or discarded electronic equipment otherwise known as electronic waste.
  • freeCycle: also known as free recycling, is the act of giving away usable unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills.
  • upcycle: the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

Wondering about your cotton wardrobe? Here’s some information to consider:

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.

Today’s tip comes from the United States Department of Agriculture. Water wisely. If you do have to water your plants in-between rain showers, do so efficiently and smartly.
Water in the early evenings or early in the morning so that the water won’t evaporate in the heat and the sun. Focus your watering directly on the base of the plants so that the roots are able to access the water immediately, and try not to spray water in the unplanted areas in-between – this will also discourage weed growth. Collect water in rain barrels, or use containers in sinks and showers to catch excess running water, and use that to water your plants. You can also water more efficiently by grouping plants together that require similar amounts of water.

Please consider these tips from the American Library Association when you use your printer at work:

Green Your Barbecue

  • Choose a cleaner-burning propane or electric grill over one powered by charcoal, which contributes more to poor air quality. Or, try a solar oven or stove that avoids emissions altogether.
  • If you do use charcoal, look for lump brands (briquettes may contain coal dust or other additives as binders) made from invasive tree species or harvested from sustainably managed forests. Switch from lighter fluid, which releases smog-forming VOCs, to a chimney starter.
  • Buy sustainable fish and hormone-free meat for the grill. Better yet, skip the meat altogether and mix it up with locally grown veggies or fruit.
  • Set your picnic table with reusable dishware and silverware and cloth napkins. If that's not feasible, look for biodegradable or recycled-paper dinnerware, unbleached cups, and recycled-paper napkins.
  • Clean up with a natural cleaner like Orange Plus (made with orange oil) or SoyClean.
  • Fight off insect invaders without chemicals. Bug sprays containing DEET are bad for your health and the earth. Opt instead for a natural repellent like lemon eucalyptus.

When combined with heat and sunlight, car exhaust fumes form photochemical smog, which is damaging to the environment and can cause severe breathing difficulties, particularly in asthma sufferers. Help to improve quality of life for everyone on hot, sunny days by leaving your car at home for short journeys and walking and cycling instead. It is a much better way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine than sitting in a hot car.
Source: 1,001 ways to save the earth by Joanna Yarrow, Chronicle Books, 2007.

Want to keep up on the latest green technology news and more? Think about bookmarking the New York Times Green Blog.
From international whaling issues to climate change, read the latest news from some of the best journalists and scientists in the world.

Looking for a weekend craft project? Take a look at what some very talented people created with a few books. They’re not just for reading anymore.

As our cold and snowy spring passes into summer, (hopefully soon), weeds will rear their ugly heads in our flower beds. Here are some earth friendly ways to eliminate those pesky weeds:

Choose paperless billing! For savings in the paper to print them, the energy to mail and transport them, and the stamp you need to use to pay them, choose paperless billing when you can.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing funding to states and territories to support consumer rebate programs for ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. Under these programs, consumers can receive rebates to purchase energy-efficient appliances when they replace used appliances. Eligibility guidelines, covered products, and rebate amounts differ by state, so consumers should review program requirements carefully. For more information click on here:

The paperless society isn't quite here yet, but you can take steps to get there with a few simple workplace ideas:

  • Keep files on computers instead of printing them out.
  • When you do print, use Print Preview to be sure your document will print as you wish *before* you print it. This also lets you make sure you don't have any stray blank pages within your document.
  • Send e-mails instead of paper memos or notes. Or pick up the phone and call instead.
  • Print double-sided when you can and as often as you can.

Want to do something to help stop global warming? Here are a few simple things you can do that make a difference.

  1. Change a light bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
  2. Drive less. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive.
  3. Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
  4. Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

Drive up and drop off all your unused over-the-counter and prescription medications at the following locations so they can be safely destroyed:
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10am - 2pm
Cottonwood Heights Smith's parking lot, 3470 Bengal Blvd
Herriman Smith's parking lot, 5560 W 13400 S
Midvale Hillcrest High School, 7350 S 900
Salt Lake City SL County Government Center South parking lot 2001 S. State
There are also locations in Heber City, Park City, and Price. For more information call the DEQ Hotline at 1-800-458-0145 or visit This site has a list of permanent community collection sites as well, in case you can't manage a drop off on April 24, and some useful information about why proper disposal is important.

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
University Services Building parking lot (immediately west of the Huntsman Center)
Free and open to the campus community and all Salt Lake City and County residents
Take advantage of this opportunity to properly and easily dispose of your unwanted or obsolete electronics items at no charge. Please bring personal items only; businesses are not eligible to participate, and University equipment must be retired through University Surplus and Salvage.
Many discarded electronics contain hazardous materials, and as the fastest growing waste stream in the U.S., nearly 400 million units a year will be discarded by 2010. Obsolete electronic equipment isn't usually accepted by thrift stores or charities, so responsible disposal of reusable components is sometimes challenging. Take advantage of this opportunity! Sponsors include the Salt Lake City Corporation and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. For event details, visit .
All items collected will be responsibly recycled by Metech, a certified e-steward company. Learn more about electronics disposal issues at This event is one of the many campus events celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Visit for more information.

Be Idle Free
What’s the worst gas mileage your car can possibly get? When you’re sitting at a red light with your engine on you are getting zero miles per gallon (ouch!). If you are familiar with particular stop lights or are waiting for a predictable amount of time; turn off your engine. All cars these days have fuel injected engines that will allow you to start right up again and get moving quickly. The only time to worry about cumulative damage from starting an engine is when it is stone cold, and that can’t really be helped. A warmed up engine has no such problem. It takes a few times to get the timing right, but it quickly becomes second nature on a regular commute.

If you are planning a rock garden this Spring, consider using local stone. Transporting stone from distant areas is a waste of energy; and local stone will look more natural in your garden. Ideally, use rocks dug from your own land or rejects from local building sites.
from 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth by Joanna Yarrow, Chronicle Books, 2007.

Bottled Water and the Planet
When reaching for a bottle of water consider the following information which takes into account the energy and resources needed to produce that plastic bottle.If possible, please consider tap water.
Some Facts & Statistics:

  • The U.S. is the world’s #1 consumer of bottled water, despite the fact that we have the absolute safest water supply in the world.
  • The annual fossil fuel footprint of bottled water consumption is the U.S. is equivalent to more than 50 million barrels of oil (enough to run 3 million cars for 1 year).

Go Green, Get Lean by Kate Geagan, MS, RD. 2009.

Changing oil too often?
Remember that old adage, change oil every 3000 miles? Is that still true? If you read in your car’s manual, it probably has a number like 7,500 or even 10,000 miles between changes. If the manufacturer makes that statement, then it means they have no worries your engine is going to fail from oil starvation any time soon -- so you can stop worrying too. If you change your oil every 3000 miles, then you’re paying more than twice as much for oil, taxing the recycling system twice more than necessary, and so on. Read your manual and take yourself out to dinner with the money you'll save!

Getting new tires for your car?
If you need a new set of tires this year, consider the following. These days most major tire manufacturers are offering “energy saving” tires that have a lower rolling resistance, giving you better gas mileage over the life of the tire. For another option, Yokohama Tires offers a tire made from sustainable Orange oil (the tire is the “Super E-Spec”), instead of petroleum-based oil (sorry, they still smell like regular tires). Also consider the country of origin/manufacture for your tires. If that country has lax environmental standards, keep shopping. If you need new tires, doing a little research online before you buy and you can make a difference. See also Consumer Reports November 2009 issue with the largest tire test they’ve ever done.

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Tire Inflation
Did you know that under-inflated tires can hurt your gas mileage, thus increasing the fuel you pay for and the amount of pollution your car produces? You can buy a cheap tire gauge (or an expensive one, knock yourself out!) at an auto parts store, or just look for one online. Check your tires once a month (more often during seasonal temperature shifts like fall and spring) and you should avoid excessive tire wear, poor mileage and even avoid a nasty blowout from under inflation.

Have you ever wondered where you can recycle your old computer? Or how to sign up for the city's Green Waste program? Do you want to join a carpool or learn about xeriscaping? Now you can find all these answers and more at the city's new sustainability webpage,


December 22, 2009

Repeated, to be sure you have time over the holidays to gather any recyclable electronics for the event on January 2.

Salt Lake City's Division of Sustainability and the Environment (Salt Lake City Green) is sponsoring an electronic waste collection event. Mark your calendar:
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Smith's Grocery Store Parking Lot located at 900 East 800 South

This collection event is free to all Salt Lake City Residents (other residents may be charged a recycling fee.) This is a residential collection event. No businesses please. We will be accepting ALL electronics.
The last several collection events have been successful with residential turn out. We are anticipating this event to be just as successful. We need your help in spreading the word about this event. If possible, please share this information with your community!
For more information, please visit

Metech Recycling, a responsible electronic recycling service will process all collected materials.

December 15, 2009

Plan ahead! A Salt Lake City Electronics Recycling Day is set for January 2, 2010.
Salt Lake City's Division of Sustainability and the Environment (Salt Lake City Green) is sponsoring an electronic waste collection event. Mark your calendar:
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Smith's Grocery Store Parking Lot located at 900 East 800 South
This collection event is free to all Salt Lake City Residents (other residents may be charged a recycling fee.) This is a residential collection event. No businesses please. We will be accepting ALL electronics. For more information, please visit
Metech Recycling, a responsible electronic recycling service will process all collected materials.

December 8, 2009

The number of staff printers was reduced by 28 percent! The remaining printers became duplexing printers, which reduces the amount of energy and paper used by staff.

November 24, 2009

LIBRARY GREEN FACT: The renovation resulted in replacing the 80 two-ton aggregate panels on the library's exterior with new windows that allow for natural lighting and, therefore, reduces the amount of required electrical lighting.

November 10, 2009

LIBRARY GREEN FACT: The entire library was carpeted with carpet squares to allow for replacement of individual squares when needed. Raised flooring in several technology-intensive areas will allow for
reconfiguration of data and electrical wiring without requiring new
materials (conduits, boxes, wiring, etc.).

November 3, 2009

Library staff worked closely with University Surplus and Salvage to coordinate the transfer of furniture into and out of the library. This included excess tables, bookcases, study carrels, chairs, and other items no longer needed by the library. It also included receiving the furniture found in conference room 1726a. Map cases were accepted from the Department of Mining Engineering when their old building was demolished. Library office furniture in good condition was repurposed for use on both the third and fifth floors.

October 27, 2009

LIBRARY GREEN FACT: The Reserve Desk was moved from the first floor, where Mom's Cafe is now located, to the second floor. Included in this relocation was the beautiful cherry wood facade and window from the original Reserve Desk. Other areas where the existing wood was preserved include the cherry wood in the hallways connecting the 1968 building to the 1996 building, and the Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library.

October 20, 2009

LIBRARY GREEN FACT: Walls in the public area of the original 1968 building were comprised of travertine, a natural stone, which was also used in the building of the Roman Coliseum. The travertine was not removed and discarded as part of the renovation. In fact, it was preserved and reused throughout the public areas of the building. The artwork by Paul Housberg on the wall of the grand staircase incorporates travertine. This artwork hides the system for venting smoke out of the library during a fire. The art is titled "Another Beautiful Day Has Dawned Upon Us." It is 50 feet high and 13 feet wide.

October 13, 2009

LIBRARY GREEN FACT: The library's renovated loading dock includes an area built to handle an aggressive recycling program that serves approximately 250 library staff members and thousands of library patrons, who collectively visit the library over a million and a half times annually. The library recycles paper, cardboard, and plastics through the University's recycling program. Library employees have volunteered to recycle Styrofoam, computer diskettes, and batteries. Receptacles for recycling are located in every staff office, in common staff areas, and in public areas throughout the building.

September 22, 2009

FOLLOWING TRASH AND RECYCLABLES ON THEIR JOURNEY: Have you ever wondered where that plastic water bottle goes when you throw into the recycling bin? Go along for the ride in this New York Times article Several groups research where several common household items after they were tossed into recycling bins and where they eventually ended up and how long it took to get there.

September 15, 2009

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has recently added a new bus route between the Salt Lake Central Station and UofU Medical Center that runs along 2nd South with stops along the way. The Route 2 bus is a quick way to get downtown and to the Univ. of Utah. Here is a link to the map with stops.

September 8, 2009

In case you haven't noticed, Mom's Cafe at the Marriott Library has a new coffee supplier, Caffe Ibis. Caffe Ibis, a Utah business made the Salt Lake Tribune recently. With every cup you drink you are helping those individuals and communities that grow and process the beans and coffee, as well as helping protect the environment. The full story can be viewed here:

September 1, 2009

"U CAR SHARE" CAR SHARING PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN UTAH: The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran a story announcing the launch of the U Car Share program along the Wasatch Front. For a small $25 initial enrollment fee, you will receive an electronic card that lets you reserve a car online. With your electronic card, you will be able to unlock the vehicle and use the car for as low as $4.95 per hour with an additional 59 cents per mile charge. Cars are currently situated along the Trax line from Ogden to Sandy Civic Center. Find additional information regarding the "U Car Share"

Read the Salt Lake Tribune article

August 25, 2009

You may have noticed a change in the appearance of disposable cups, plates and utensils on campus. Last spring, Chartwells introduced a line of corn-based disposable products that are compostable and environmentally friendly. These corn-based disposables are being used in places such as Mom's Cafe, Union Food Court and the Outtakes locations across campus. We also used these items at the Staff Appreciation brunch. Because these items are corn-based they cannot be recycled but if you toss them in the garbage they will be composted.

August 18, 2009

UU FARMERS MARKET OPENS Bring a recycled bag to work and plan to load up on fresh produce when the popular Farmers Market returns for its second season on Thursday, Aug. 20. The market will run each Thursday through Oct. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Webster's Lawn located east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre. New vendors this year include Mountain Valley Honey, offering pure raw honey from bees living in Red Butte Garden. Also new are workshops on gardening and healthy living presented by students and health professionals.

August 11, 2009

UU FARMERS MARKET OPENS Bring a recycled bag to work and plan to load up on fresh produce when the popular Farmers Market returns for its second season on Thursday, Aug. 20. The market will run each Thursday through Oct. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Webster's Lawn located east of Pioneer Memorial Theatre. New vendors this year include Mountain Valley Honey, offering pure raw honey from bees living in Red Butte Garden. Also new are workshops on gardening and healthy living presented by students and health professionals.

August 4, 2009

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET NOW ON TUESDAY EVENINGS Need more local fruits and veggies? Come to the Downtown Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8am - 1pm or Tuesday evening from 4 - 8pm at Pioneer Park and receive a free Farmers Market poster. Pick up your free poster at the Downtown Alliance booth.

July 28, 2009

Tuesday diversions: The art journal, FiberARTS is featuring recycled art in its current issue. Artists are recycling materials using found objects creating a variety of sculptural works. To access the journal full-text requires a subscription but to view the sampling of objects is free! To see the samples click on the link.

July 21, 2009

Help for a more energy efficient home: Want your home to be energy efficient and save money at the same time? Need to replace those old light bulbs, refrigerator, windows, water heater, furnace, etc.? Stimulus funding for making your home energy efficient is available through the Salt Lake Community Action Program. They are located at 231 West 800 South, telephone 801-359-2444. This opportunity is for both low income homeowners and renters. If you know someone who can benefit, then by all means pass on this information.

July 14, 2009

Greening Your Library: Greening Your Library is a great website/resource to find out what green and sustainable projects libraries are doing around the country. For some innovative and interesting ideas on what can be done in the library profession...Check It

July 7, 2009

LESS SPEED, MORE FUEL: With gas prices on the rise again. There is another good reason to reduce your speed, save money and gas. Driving 50 mph is 25% more fuel efficient than driving at 70 mph. Source: "1,001 ways to save the earth" by Joanna Yarrow published by Chronicle Books, page 24.

June 30, 2009

Senior Class Gift 2009, The Ubike: Bicycle Rental Program Have you ever wished you had a faster way to get around campus? Ever wanted to try bicycle commuting but didn't want to buy a bike until you knew it was for you? Now you can! This year's senior class gifted the University a Bicycle Rental Program. Information about this program and how to rent your bicycle at the Student Union Services Desk can be found

June 23, 2009

Attending the Utah Arts Festival this weekend? See
Be green and take TRAX to the Library Station, exit on 400 South and you'll be at the Festival's main entrance. Or better yet, bike to the Festival. Park your bike at the FREE valet bike lot, located on 400 South, west of the main entrance. For your efforts, you'll receive $3 off your Festival admission.

June 16, 2009

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUSTAINABILITY? Sustainability has many definitions. The University of Utah's Office of Sustainability defines it as: "Balancing the relationships between environmental stewardship, economic development, and social responsibility while meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations of people and ecosystems to meet their own needs."

How can you support the Library's commitment to Sustainability?
#1 Support the University's adherence to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
Whether you are an avid cyclist or if you have never recycled a day in your life, the smallest actions can make the biggest difference:
- Always dispose of paper in the blue cans.
- Reduce printing
-Take advantage of your University UTA Pass and ride the bus or the trax.
-Turn off the lights when you are not in a room.
-Set your thermostats 1 or 2 degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.
-Be aware when purchasing. Ask yourself: Do I really need it? Do I already have something that can be used for this purpose? If I have to place an order, can I combine it with other orders to reduce delivery trips? Does my vendor offer recycled or environmentally friendly purchasing options?

June 9, 2009

HOW TO RECYCLE ANYTHING: Your beach ball sprang a leak. Can you toss it into the plastics bin? Find out in this A-Z guide. This easy to follow guide will help you navigate the murky waters of how and when to recycle.

June 2, 2009

COOLER RINSE IN THE WASH: Save energy and money by adjusting your washing machine wash and rinse temperatures. A washing machine uses up to 90 percent of its energy heating water. A warm wash and cold rinse will work just as well on nearly all clothes as hot wash and warm rinse. Source: 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth by Joanna Yarrow published by Chronicle Books 2007 pg. 211.

May 26, 2009

Clear Air Challenge is just around the corner so if you are ready for some cleaner air this Summer consider being part of the challenge. The Marriott Library is putting together a team and everyone is invited to be apart of the team.

The Clear the Air Challenge, issued by Governor Huntsman, Mayor Becker and Mayor Corroon, is a six-week competition starting June 1st that gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone. By driving less and driving smarter, you will ultimately help to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah. By meeting straightforward, achievable travel goals, you will also be eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings.

Go to to register for the challenge.

May 19, 2001

SALT LAKE COUNTY LANDFILL DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING FACILITIES: Do you have old paint cans sitting around or outdated prescriptions that need disposing of? If so, then check out the Salt Lake County website for where and when you can drop off hazardous waste. There are drop-off sites all over Salt Lake County.

May 12, 2009

Vacationing this Summer? Think Green! Hotels and airlines which have an environmental agenda deserve your patronization. Book your guestrooms and meeting rooms with hotels that are clearly interested in protecting our environment, and let management know that's why you've chosen their hotel. "Green" Hotels Association(R) member hotels are encouraged to implement water-saving measures, execute energy-saving techniques and reduce solid waste. Rather than putting all these measures into effect "behind the doors," GHA encourages all lodging accommodations to get guests and clients involved. Hotels can offer towel and sheet-changing options, soap and shampoo dispensers, guestroom recycling baskets and reduced food-related waste. Look into "green" hotels at GHA's Internet site-

May 5, 2009

2-for-1 All History & Political Science Books (Hardcovers and Paperbacks).

Marriott Booksale
666 Guardsman Way
ph: 581-7526
Open 10AM - 4PM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Cash & Check only!

April 28, 2009

COMPOSTING BASICS: The growing season is here and along with it comes lawn mowing, shrub pruning as well as the everyday fruit and vegetable consumption we have all year long. By composting, each of us can drastically reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. By composting one can also create excellent mulch and fertilizer for their gardens and flower beds. Utah State University Extension has produced a pdf document which outlines the basics of composting. It even includes ideas on easy do-it-yourself compositing bins.

Red Butte Garden
Members Only Sale: Friday, May 1st, 3 to 8pm Memberships may be purchased at the gate! Public Sale: Saturday, May 2nd, 9am to 3pm

April 21, 2009

EARTH DAY AT THE U Check out some of the Earth Day events on campus, this Wednesday, April 22!


EarthFest, Union Plaza, 10:30am-1:30pm. Food, vendors, information booths, rock climbing, garbage can painting, music, tree plantings, and the kick off of the University's UBIKE program.

* College of Social Work Earth Day Celebration, 11:00am-2:00pm, Rm. 155
A&B. Information booths, music, movies, and food.
* Tours/Open House, V.R. Turpin University Services Building (newly remodeled LEED equivalent building), 11:00am-4:00pm. Come learn about the solar tubes and solar panels, projected energy savings, waste minimization efforts during construction, and more.
* E-Waste Recycling Collection, 7:30am-1:00pm, University Services Building Parking Lot. Open to university students, staff, and faculty and all Salt Lake City residents. There is no charge to drop off your unwanted and obsolete electronics to have them responsibly recycled.

For more information about these and other events, visit the Office of Sustainability website

April 7, 2009

Mark your calendar! E-Waste Recycling Day at the University of Utah is April 22, Earth Day 2009. for more information on the event and where to go to drop off items on campus.

What can be dropped off at the collection event?

Televisions (full digital TV conversion will be effective June 12 - time to get rid of that old set!)
Computer Monitors of all kinds,
Computers and Computer Peripherals,
Audio/Stereo Equipment,
DVD players,
Video Cameras,
Fax and Copying Machines,
Cellular Phones,
Wireless Devices, and
Video Game Consoles.

March 31, 2009


GREEN TIP: Are you one of the millions of people who can't imagine
starting their day without a cup of java everyday?

As you have perused the coffee aisle at your grocery store, have you ever wondered what some of the coffee labels mean on many of the coffee companies' packaging? If so, check out the interactive Coffee Label Decoder: from National Geographic's Green Guide. See what the symbols mean by clicking on the symbols what they mean and what you can do to help support farmers and companies that practice green and sustainable coffee production.

March 24, 2009

GREEN TIP: Don't trash or stash....eCycle your old cell phones.

Did you know that over 100 million cell phones annually are no longer used? If they were all recycled, enough energy would be saved to power
19,500 homes for a year. Recycling your old cell phones conserves precious metals, copper and plastics. It also helps to save energy and prevents air and water pollution as well greenhouse gas emissions.

Do you have old cell phones stashed in a drawer or lying around the house? If so, National Cell Phone Recycling week is coming up: April 6th
through 12th- or anytime for that matter--you don't have to wait! Nearly all cell phone companies will accept old phones. Check with your dealer or click on the link below to find what providers are teaming up with the Environmental Protection Agency and more about eCycling.

March 17, 2009

GREEN TIP: Paperless Paychecks and Advices at the University of Utah

...saves the U money and trees. You gotta love it!

DID YOU KNOW? 1,400 checks and 8,902 pay advices were printed for pay period ending February 15, 2009. The annual cost for the paper alone is $22,277.40. It also takes 1/3 of a tree to make 3,000 sheets of copy paper, which equals a little over one tree every pay period just to print checks and pay advices! Try viewing your paycheck online and suppressing your paper advice! It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

1-Log into the Campus Information System (CIS) at
2-Select Payroll, Taxes and Salary under My Human Resources/Payroll
3-Select Paperless Pay Advice/Statement

Taken from the Winter 2009 issue of HR Connection.

March 10, 2009

GREEN TIP: Natural Resources Conservation Service: Backyard Conservation

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a feature on their website on backyard conservation. Conservation practices used on agricultural land throughout the country have been adapted for the smaller scale of backyards. Not only can visitors download and print out a 28-page booklet in English or Spanish, but they can also download and print out eight tip sheets on backyard conversation. Information on how to order the free above-mentioned material, through the mail, is also provided. Using the link in the middle of the page, "See More Tips and Topics on Backyard Conservation", visitors can read over 30 archived tips and topics, including "Invite a Toad to Dinner", "Selecting the Right Tree", and "Dream Yard". For teachers, the link "Backyard Conservation Lesson Plans" in the middle of the page provides a variety of lesson plans. Some of the lessons included are "Team Flight", which is about birds; "Growing Native", which is about native plant communities; and "Backyard Conservation and Local Laws", which is about how community laws may help or hinder backyard conservation efforts. A mock city council hearing is the final activity of the lesson. [KMG]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009.

March 3, 2009

GREEN TIP: Rip Your Strip

Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are probably thinking about yard work Yea!!! or, possibly, Ugghhh#&"!! ...depending on how you view that sort of thing. Utah is one of the driest states in the nation, and water conservation has therefore become a major priority for many Utahns. Here is an idea that seems to be catching on across our state: replacing hard to maintain grass along your parkstrip with less water demanding options, a process advanced lately by the Utah Rivers Council as the "Rip Your Strip" initiative. By pulling out water guzzling bluegrass or fescue, and instead planting native perennial plants (which come back on their own without annual re-planting, and are better adapted to Utah's summer climate) one can save time, energy, money, and especially water.

Utah State University Horticulture

February 24, 2009

GREEN TIP: Plastic Containers Buying Guide

With many of us trying to cut down on excessive packaging and use of disposable plastics, this site is an excellent, information-packed webpage that helps consumers wisely choose the best products for going green.

February 17, 2009

GREEN TIP: Green Home Guide

Everything is going "green" these days, and more and more builders and homeowners are actively seeking to incorporate energy efficiency elements into their residences. The U.S. Building Council has sponsored this site to provide expert know-how on how to create green information regarding countertops, bathrooms, landscaping, stone & tile coverings, and flooring. First-time visitors can get a sense of the site's mission by looking through some of the recent "Ask A Pro" questions. This section provides interested parties with the opportunity for concerned parties to ask experts questions such as "How much will it cost to install solar panels on my 2000 sq. ft. home in San Francisco?" In the "Know-How" area, visitors can browse over sections that include "Furniture" and "Kitchens" to learn how to choose low-toxicity finishes, energy-efficient appliances, and durable surfaces. Finally, visitors can also use the "Search for a Green Pro" feature to look for a professional in their area who adheres to such methods and principles. [KMG]
--Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

February 3, 2009

GREEN TIP: To Idle or Not to Idle?

Here's the rule of thumb: If you're in a drive-through restaurant/business line or waiting for someone and you'll be parked and sitting for 10 seconds or longer... turn off your car's engine. Why?? For every two minutes a car is idling, it uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go about one mile. Research indicates that the average person idles their car five to 10 minutes a day. People usually idle their cars more in the winter than in the summer. But even in winter, you don't need to let your car sit and idle for five minutes to "warm it up" when 30 seconds will do just fine. 

But you're not going anywhere. Idling gets ZERO miles per gallon. 

The recommendation is: If you are going to be parked for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine. Ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. And when you start your engine, don't step down on the accelerator, just simply turn the key to start. An alternative to idling is to park your car, walk inside, do your business and then go back to your car. 

Source: Consumer Energy Center

January 27, 2009

GREEN TIP: Reduce your energy use and save money!

Did you know that turning down your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at night and then turning it back up in the morning can save you 5 to 10% of your heating bill? Also, if you will be out for an evening or away for a weekend or more, lower your thermostat and save even more. Installing a programmable thermostat is another good way to save money without having to remember if you turned down the thermostat before hoping into bed. This is also a good way to lower your energy consumption when people are in school or at work. Finally, when you are planning a party, turn the thermostats down. Each guest is the equivalent of a 175-watt heater and a large group will warm up the place without running the furnace.

January 20, 2009

GREEN TIP: Where to Recycle and What 

Office Paper: These blue cans with white labels titled "Office Pack" can be found all throughout the Library and are clearly labeled with what can and can not go in them. 

Mixed Paper: These blue cans with red labels titled "Mixed Paper" can be found all throughout the Library and are clearly labeled with what can and cannot go in them. This is where to put items such as magazines and newspapers. 

Corrugated Cardboard: Please break down your boxes. Cardboard will not be picked up if the boxes are not broken down. Boxes can be left by your trash can or in an area designated by your department. If you have a large amount of cardboard please bring it to the Recycling Room just to the right of the freight elevator on Level 1. Contact Ian Godfrey with any questions.

Batteries: Deposit old batteries in the bin located in the Staff Break Room on level 5.

Styrofoam: Place Styrofoam next to cardboard or, email MLIB-facilities_group for pickup.

Office Supplies: Return any unused or re-usable office supplies to Purchasing on level 1.

Bubble Wrap & Popcorn Packing: Deliver to the Mailing department on level 1 for re-use.

Aluminum Cans: There is a recycling container in the Staff Break Room on level 5 or you can take them to the Recycling Room on Level 1 just to the right of the freight elevator. DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE BLUE RECYCLING BINS, which are for Paper Only.

Plastics 1 & 2: There are several bins located throughout the Library. Bins are located: Outside the Cafi on level 1; Next to the Knowledge Commons Desk on level 2; Entrance on level 3, Staff Break Room on level 5; and several department locations on level 5.

Empty Paper Ream Boxes and White Pages: Please deliver to Preservation on level 5 for Re-Use.

Facilities is working diligently with Campus and the Library Green Committee to increase the number of items and the number of recycling stations/containers throughout the Library. If you are unsure of where to recycle an item, please ask. Ask your supervisor, any member of our facilities staff, or your co-workers. If you see someone putting an item that does not belong in a recycling container, please stop them and let them know how to dispose of the item correctly. If you know of a recycling location for items not listed here, please email or post the information on the Green Committee Sharepoint site under "Where to Recycle".

 Last Modified 5/6/14