Deforestation is one of the leading drivers of biodiversity loss, flooding, and drought worldwide, and we wish to fight this trend by purchasing office paper as sustainably as is possible.
We at UMass Lowell are reducing the amount of printing through the UPrint program. Since 2011, there has been over a 40% reduction in printing due to this program.
We are simultaneously increasing the percentage of the office paper we buy that has:
Post-consumer recycled content and agricultural residue content both reduce the number of trees cut down to create paper.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified content in paper indicates that the trees cut down were done so in a sustainable fashion. The Forest Stewardship Council uses 10 principles and criteria to ensure that the trees were sourced in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable fashion.
However, this is only part of the battle when it comes to sustainable paper use! Please help us to: