Building on our experience in year one of our Turning the Page on Campus Paper Use program, AASHE and Root Solutions are selecting a new cohort of 10-12 institutions of higher education through a competitive process and will provide these institutions with training and support to implement a behavior-based strategy to reduce paper use. This new cohort will focus specifically on campaigns to reduce the number of personal desktop printers, which AASHE and Root Solutions have identified as a high impact strategy for reducing costs and paper use.

Representatives of the selected institutions will attend an in-person training led by Root Solutions on Friday, October 5th, following AASHE’s 2018 Conference and Expo. The training will be informed by Root Solutions’ experiences implementing a desktop printer reduction campaign at University of California, Berkeley as well as the past year’s Turning the Page project. Participants will leave the training with an understanding of potential behavioral interventions to reduce paper consumption and a plan for a desktop printer reduction campaign appropriate to their institution.

After the training, Root Solutions will host a series of additional trainings via webinar.  AASHE and Root Solutions will also facilitate a series of individual and group phone calls with participants to assist them in refining and implementing their desktop printer reduction campaigns over the course of three semesters (fall 2018, spring 2019, and fall 2019). At the conclusion of the fall 2019 semester, we will also assist each participant in measuring the impact of their campaigns. We plan to publish best practices and lessons learned into a guidebook as a tool for the higher education community.

How to Apply

Institutions who would like to receive the support available through this program must submit an application. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis but must be submitted by Sept. 7 for consideration. Only AASHE member institutions are eligible for support through this program. Please note that while the training and associated support from AASHE and Root Solutions is being made available at no cost, the selected institutions will be responsible for any travel and lodging costs required to participate in the training, as well as the costs associated with any materials necessary to support their campaign (e.g., signage). If you have any questions about this program or the expectations of participants, please contact Julian Dautremont-Smith, AASHE’s Director of Programs.

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