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Student Activists Encourage Paper Use Awareness with Transformative Trash-Art


On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, the Queen's University group, Graduate Students for Environmental Sustainability (GSES), will unveil an exciting trash-art exhibit: a visual representation of the amount of discarded paper collected over only three days from two central recycling bins in one Queen's University building.

Please join GSES at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 in the Queen's University Biosciences Complex Atrium for the presentation of our exhibit. We will be there to welcome you, provide additional information, and answer any questions you may have. 

This event is part of a growing trend, involving students, faculty, and staff, towards an environmentally-oriented and sustainable campus at Queen's University. With the support of the Queen's School of Environmental Studies, our group has come together with a plan to raise awareness of how much paper we use on campus and to highlight ways to reduce the quantity that we each consume.

To achieve this goal and encourage changes in individual behaviour, we have created a trash-art exhibit using discarded paper products such as flyers, newspapers, notes, and posters. This impressive display will be complemented by a booth providing information on the environmental issues surrounding paper, how decreasing our resource consumption is beneficial, and the many actions that can be taken to reduce individual paper use.

Our intention is to make visible the consequences of our choices regarding paper use.  By offering the Queen's community simple alternatives – such as printing double-sided, sharing newspapers, and reading articles on a computer – we hope to make a substantial difference in the volume of paper waste and paper recycling generated on campus.

The display will be in the Biosciences Atrium through Friday, February 13, 2009.

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