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Bowdoin, OfficeMax Delivering Sustainability to an Office Near You

Story posted December 31, 2010

When you consider Bowdoin is on the receiving end of more than 630 deliveries a month from OfficeMax alone, making a few thoughtful changes can result in a signification reduction in the College’s carbon footprint.

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In mid-December, the College began using reusable shipping containers for OfficeMax deliveries. Each container is bar-coded so that its use — and the number of cardboard boxes spared — can be tracked.

The College estimates the practice will eliminate the use of approximately 125 boxes per week — or 6,500 boxes per year.

This initiative comes on the heels of a new delivery schedule.

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In September, the College implemented Green Mondays and Wednesdays with OfficeMax, whereby there are no deliveries on these days — a further reduction to the College’s impact on the environment.

Previously, OfficeMax made deliveries to campus every day.

The College also negotiated lower prices with OfficeMax for 100% recycled paper.

The new lower pricing makes the use of 100% recycled paper affordable for every department.

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