February 2012 Archives

Thinking critically about our choices

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Most days students make me smile, some days they make me laugh, and occassionally they make me grimace. But on the best days, they make me proud. Check out this great commentary on "being green" from Penn State student Nathan Pipenberg http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/02/15/being_green_more_than_just_buying_eco-friendly.aspx.

Okay, I admit it, I got a little on my high horse today and jotted off the following email to Stylus Publishing, Inc. But I think it's important that we let the producers of the things we consume, even academic texts, know that we place a priority on sustainable practices.

Good afternoon.


This week I received 4 copies of your "Higher Education 2012" catalogue. Clearly you had purchased or received my contact information from multiple professional societies. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the wanton disregard for sustainability that such wasteful practices indicate. A simple "check for duplicate records" function seems in order. I'm no expert in distribution, so perhaps this is more difficult than I realize, but regardless I think it would be well worth the effort. Please remove me from your mailing list, until such time as you are able to practice basic sustainability measures.



Betty Harper