The Zero Waste Research Center is planning more Environmental Preferred Office Products Road Shows for this Spring! The purpose of the EPP Road Show is to help educate the campus on certain environmentally preferred products in UC Berkeley’s Bear Buy purchasing system, selected by in depth research by the Zero Waste Research Center.
The project got started in June 2013, when Emily McKeon and Lin King of Campus Recycling and Refuse Service’s Zero Waste Research Center partnered with Sandy Macasieb of UC Berkeley Procurement and Scott Hrudicka of OfficeMax to produce a simplified list of environmentally preferred office products. They then contacted vendors including Pilot, Sanford, and 3M.
An example of an environmentally preferable item is the Pilot B2P pen. The pen is made of recycled PET #1 water bottles, can be recycled if it breaks, and is refillable – which is so much better than commonly-used pens that are constantly being thrown away when the ink runs out. The ultimate goal is for the primary office supply purchasers to order pen refills instead of the actual pens. The same also applies for some dry erase makers that now offer refill cartridges.
A typical EPP Road Show is two hours in the lobby or common area of a campus building, and involves tabling by Zero Waste Research staff, OfficeMax, and Pilot. The three organizations provide samples of Office Max and Pilot products featured on the environmentally preferred list and information on why these products are the more sustainable options.
The first EPP Road Show took place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 11:00am- 1:30pm at Campus Shared Services (CSS) and it was a great success! The team is now in the process of planning the 2014 calendar for the monthly EPP Road Show. There is a list of eleven possible campus buildings for the event: California Hall, 2000 Carleton (PPCS), Boalt Hall, Sproul Hall, Mulford Hall, Lawrence Hall of Science, Stanley Hall, Haas Business School, Energy Biosciences Building, Warren Hall, and Sutardja Dai. Keep your eyes and ears open for which building will be next!
For more information, read the November 2013 UC News Center article.
-Written by Claire Kaufman, TGIF Program Associate