Tertiary Strategies

Construction and demolition waste

Facilities Management and Planning should obtain measurements of the past three years’ non-hazardous construction and demolition waste and track this information moving forward.

Copying/printing reduction program

Pilot a program in which students and/or employees from different colleges/ departments strive to achieve the greatest percent reduction in copying/ printing during a specified period. Recognize and incentivize participants based on their accomplishments.

Paperless meetings

UNK should implement a policy or guidelines that asks employees and student groups to utilize technology during meetings instead of paper. I.e., the policy or guidelines should promote paperless meetings.

Waste Audit Dumpster Dive

Facilities Management and Planning, Residence Life, and other partners should evaluate the existing Waste Audit Dumpster Dive program. The program provides UNK with a snapshot of its waste profile, but faces challenges regarding scope, planning, participation, and safety.

Double-sided printing

Limit copy paper and toner/ink (cartridge) consumption by institutionalizing double-sided printing, particularly for multifunction devices. Information Technology Services should be able to help change default settings to double sided printing. This (potentially contentious) strategy would likely need to be paired with an appropriate education and communication campaign and could be tied to a strategy to share paper and toner/ink savings with departments.

Recycling brand

Facilities Management and Planning should apply the UNK recycling brand (if/when it is developed) to all 95-gallon recycling containers and any recycling dumpsters/compactors. The containers and dumpsters/ compactors should be kept looking nice so as to portray recycling as an institutional priority.

Hyperlocal evaluation

Custodial Operations should systematically and periodically work with individual buildings, departments, or offices to evaluate their hyperlocal waste management systems, identifying best practices, challenges, and opportunities.


To the extent possible, Loper Catering should replace styrofoam with reusable or recyclable materials.

Printed lecture slides

Anecdotally, some instructors require, ask, or suggest that students print lecture slides. Implement a policy or guidelines that supports and incentivizes instructors who encourage students not to print lecture slides.

Student printing

Promote technology and encourage copy paper conservation by restricting or eliminating students’ free printing and/or require that libraries and computer labs default to double-sided printing. Consider a shared-savings model with departments.

Online resources

Make course catalogues, course schedules, directories, and other appropriate resources available online by default, printing few of them only when necessary.

Paper timesheets

To the extent possible, appropriate departments should utilize technology and conserve copy paper by eliminating paper timesheets.

Hand dryers

Facilities Management and Planning should inventory bathroom paper towel dispensers and, when and where appropriate, install hand dryers. The hand dryers should be installed in convenient locations (e.g., beside paper towel dispensers) to give bathroom users a paperless option. Research suggests that most hand dryers have a smaller global warming potential (gCO2 eq) than paper towels, require less energy/water/land, and better promote human health and ecosystem quality.