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EnergyIf you have committed to this activity, enter a "1" if your office hasn't this enter a "0"
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I call Facilities Operations if my office is too hot/cold or write a work order, rather than opening windows or using space heaters
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I use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs for desk lamps and applicable overhead lighting.
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I switch off all unnecessary lights. This includes using dimmers, motion sensors, or occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lighting when not in use to reduce energy use and costs.* http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/when-turn-your-lights
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I use a power strip (or smart strip) to control "phantom load" from electronics not in use by turning off or unplugging the entire power strip – or at least unplug electronics when not in use (such as desktop printers, space heathers, and coffeemakers)* http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/choose-right-advanced-power-strip-you
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I use Energy Star or EPEAT electronics – such as computers and printersYou can probably put a 1 here, because the College strives to purchase only EPEAT and Energy Star electronics. See here: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/cit/about/green-initiatives.dot
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Replace desktop computers with thin clients or laptop computers and docking stations.
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I use natural lighting or "daylighting". When feasible, I turn off lights near windows** https://www.sparkenergy.com/blog/daylighting-using-natural-light-to-save-money/
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The last person to leave the office turns off the lights and common printers/copiers for the night are put to sleep or turned off.** http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-efficient-computer-use
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Transportation
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While on campus:
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I walk to and from my destination on campus
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I use a bicycle or scooter on campus
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For my commute:
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I carpool, walk, or bike to work most days.
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I´ve opened an Enterprise Car Share account for driving when I need a car: enterprisecarshare.com
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For my travel:
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The office tracks all business travel – motor vehicle gas usage or miles AND all air travel**
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I post in Oberlin Classifieds or amongst colleagues when I travel to another city to facilitiate carpooling.
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We minimizes travel (through video conferences/conference calls/etc.) when feasible.
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I purchase carbon offsets for my travel.
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Recycling
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I know where the blue recycling bin is in my office, and I always use it for my comingled recyclables (Plastics #1 to #7, metal, glass, and paper, cartons and jugs: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/facilities-operations/recycle/on-campus.dot)*
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I have a recycling box for office paper (including newspaper, bulletins, envelopes, magazines) that gets taken to the yellow-and-green ABITIBI paper retrievers from my office
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I recycle other materials (e.g. batteries, e-waste) appropriately: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/facilities-operations/recycle/more-resources.dot
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I use office supplies made with recycled materials, i.e. paper, pens/pencils, folders, etc.
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Computing
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I have activated sleep setting on computers to put the monitor to sleep after five minutes of inactivity and the computer at 15 minutes of inactivity** http://green.nd.edu/sustainability-in-action/set-computers-to-sleep-automatically/
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I purchase recycled content paper
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I utilize duplex, or double-sided, printing
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I re-use paper printed on only one side
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I use electronic versions of documents instead of printing, when possible
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Our office purchases recycled toners, and recycle our ink after use. More info here: http://new.oberlin.edu/office/environmental-sustainability/update_detail.dot?id=21f48c9f-22e5-4449-a0a9-f1ac307fc7a0
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Involvement
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I’ve attended a sustainability-related lecture or event
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I have signed up to receive the Office of Environmental Sustainability’s monthly eNewsletter*
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I have read Oberlin College’s sustainability commitments (link) and/or participated in the office audit with OES staff.**
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Dining
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I use coffee mugs, plates, silverware rather than their disposable counterparts; avoid Styrofoam** http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/about-mpca/mpca-news/featured-stories/minnetonka-middle-schools-move-to-reusable-utensils.html
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I eliminate bottled water; we use reusable water bottles, cups, and glasses
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We ensure vegetarian, vegan, and/or local food options for office-sponsored luncheons
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We order buffet meals instead of individually boxed meals, when possible
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We save or give away leftover food rather than throwing it in the dumpster
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We strive to achieve near zero waste for office luncheons, events.
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