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Fitness Department "Going Green"

The CNM Fitness Department is exercising its right to conserve resources and trim down on paper use. The department has made great strides in reducing its paper usage, posting all of the required paperwork for the program online.

Aug 30, 2016

January 2011

The CNM Fitness Department is exercising its right to conserve resources and trim down on paper use. The department has made great strides in reducing its paper usage, posting all of the required paperwork for the program online.

Each instructor in the program was tasked with loading syllabi, health status questionnaires, and rules and regulations for the fitness labs on Banner and directing students to access the info online if possible.

Instructional Technician Leslie Labry and her team of work studies led the charge for this effort, greatly reducing the use of paper in the program, which helps reduce CNM's carbon footprint while reducing costs.

In the past on the first day of each term, the Fitness Department would distribute copies of syllabi, health status questionnaires, rules and regulation, and fitness packets to students in all of its classes. Each term, it was a general guess as to how many of these papers would be required, and extras were always ordered. At the end of the first week back to school, the unused papers would get stacked on top of unused papers from previous terms. A lot of paper was being wasted.

In November 2010, Health, Wellness & Public Safety Associate Dean Judith Olean and Chair of the Fitness Department Amy Rademacher-Neel, decided to wage a campaign against paper waste in their department. All classes were "Going Green," and all required paperwork was going online. Each instructor was responsible to load syllabi, health status questionnaires, and rules and regulations for the fitness labs on Banner. In an attempt to recycle existing papers, piles of papers from past terms were also sorted and distributed to many of the classes. Remaining unused paper was put into recycle bins on campus.

Now, with the spring 2011 term under way, this effort has proved to be a great success.

Yes, some copying is still required. Some paper is still used. Now, however, only the exact amount of necessary papers (in some cases only signature pages) is copied by each student. The Fitness Department is doing its part to help the environment by using less paper, while also helping CNM to save precious dollars for education.