Recycling: This has been a University priority for many years, but the program has had mixed results due to fluctuating market conditions. The University works diligently to obtain waste management contracts that provide a efficient, effective, and fiscally responsible recycling program. At the same time, Facilities Management works to create procedures that encourage recycling. For example, about two years ago, FM changed the way SIUE handles trash and recycling in offices. Formerly, FM emptied the trash, but each employee was responsible for taking his or her own recyclables to recycling containers in the hall. Now Facilities Management empties trash and recycling on alternating weeks. (When the change was implemented, the quantity of paper recycled increased by 40% in two months.)
Paper Reduction – Electronic Publications: Wherever possible, the University has eliminated paper copies of documents and publications relying instead on web- based access. Examples include the annual security report, policies and procedures, internal news, grades, and student bills. The University has also scanned tens of thousands of pages of records reducing the number of filing cabinets and freeing up space for other functions.
Beginning this year, the Office of Academic Advising plans to provide all information to incoming SIUE Freshman participating in the Springboard to Success program electronically rather than in paper form.
Recycled Furniture: In many cases, the furniture that was bought when the University opened was of very high quality and made from woods that we would not be able to afford today. Refinishing is an attractive and cost-effective alternative to wastefully disposing of soiled or worn furniture. Results of this program are visible in Lovejoy Library, where high quality, but worn walnut tables and chairs have been sent to Illinois Correctional Industries to be repaired and refinished. The inmates do a beautiful job at a fraction of the cost of new furniture. Also, the University’s own carpenter shop has refinished a number of items for continued use. University units can obtain useable furniture and equipment from Surplus Property for free.