YSPH $5000 Paper Reduction Competition!
As an institution committed to improving health and the integration of sustainability, the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the YSPH Sustainability Committee are dedicated to reducing paper consumption this year by 20 percent.
The pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases among U.S. manufacturing industries, based on data collected by the Green Press Initiative. The industry is therefore a major contributor to climate change and its devastating effects on human health and the environment. The current demand for, and waste of, paper is simply unsustainable.
At YSPH, we believe that there is no better time to take action than the present. As part of Celebrate Sustainability Week in early October, YSPH will launch its first Paper Reduction Competition. Over a 6-month period, YSPH departments, including students and administration, will vie for a $5000 sustainability prize for being the most effective paper-reducers.
In partnership with the Office of Sustainability and ITS, current usage will be compared to baseline data from 2015-2016. The prize will be used to support an educational, research or administrative initiative to address climate change and health.