EcoAction will push SAC clubs to reduce flyering and other waste

Could Red Square, besides being a haven for condom-toting leprechauns and currently showered in purple glitter by Relay For Life, be the biggest center for wasting paper on campus?

Maybe. In any event, EcoAction, the student group dedicated to making campus more sustainable, has noticed that clubs funded by the Student Activities Commission waste a lot of stuff—especially food and the hundreds of flyers that paper Red Square on any given day of the week. Now, they’re about to start talks with administrators and, they hope, with SAC, to try to change that.

“The paper waste is pretty insane, so we’re looking to couple the over-flyering initiative with ways to green campus events in general,” Claire Austin (SFS ’12) of EcoAction wrote in an e-mail. She said that she is meeting with Director for Student Programs Erika Cohen-Derr and the new campus sustainability director, Audrey Stewart, next week.

Austin said EcoAction would also like to discuss a financial incentive for students to bring old flyers back to SAC for reuse. And she is writing a “greener events guide” for her meeting with Cohen-Derr that she hope SAC will include in its SAC Fair sign-up e-mail and SAC Treasurer training.

“In the short-medium term we’re looking to minimize waste (especially in flyering and food buying), get students to use the compostable utensils SAC provides, make portable recycling bins compulsory for all food events, and reduce bottled water use,” Austin wrote. “In the long term we’d like to see more sustainable event advertising in general.”

9 Comments on “EcoAction will push SAC clubs to reduce flyering and other waste

  1. …it ends with the bookstore.

  2. This is a feasible idea. Georgetown organizations should utilize the vid-screens around campus that were installed recently (2024, I believe) in order to communicate their points.

  3. Clubs use paper to meet their needs. Get over it.

  4. Re: “What the hell?”

    How do you define such “needs”? We don’t want to deny clubs the right to flyer, but when there are 20 flyers in a row for one event, it is both wasteful and ineffective.

  5. Re: “What the hell?”

    Especially considering the limited effectiveness of flyers relative to listservs and facebook.

  6. I’d rather see one poster or one 8×14 brightly colored paper than an entire brick wall of flyers. I have always generally avoided most events that felt the need to put up a few dozen identical flyers on a wall of Red Square. Facebook is way more effective, as are announcements in class, weekly broadcasts, that kind of thing.

  7. I love that students are active on campus, and I love to see red square colorful with event promotion. But I have to agree with Meredith that sometimes flyers, especially when taped to the ground, are less effective than other forms of advertising.

    That said, this is a new initiative, so EcoAction would love to hear from student groups as we get it off the ground!

  8. Flyers are a good way to get students to know that your club exists and is doing something. There is no other medium, aside from online, which has a similar effect.

  9. I’d happily put up only one poster per wall for whatever event my club’s hosting or make only one sign if that actually got people’s attention.

    However, nobody even notices a sole poster, let alone reads it. At least, I don’t.

    If anybody, Eco-Action, whomever, has recommendations on how to better and more sustainably advertise I’d love to implement those ideas. Myself, I can’t think of a good replacement for flyering, as much as I wish there was one!

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