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This blog documents paper waste occurring at Rider University’s Moore Library and Westminster Choir College’s Talbott Library.

This past year has marked a time of forward-thinking and change at Rider University. On both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses, new efforts in promoting environmental awareness and responsibility have been put into action as part of a nationwide, collegiate movement to “go green.” In February 2007, Rider created the “Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee” comprised of students, faculty, and staff to head this campaign. In addition, on April 20, 2007, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) initiative was signed by President Mordechi Rozanski, aimed at battling global warming.

At Rider’s Moore and Talbott Libraries, the current undertaking is to curb the amount of paper that is wasted at the public photocopiers and printing stations. While the chief objective is to reduce paper waste, the overarching goal is to cultivate environmental awareness among the patrons, particularly students. The Paperwaste blog was created to document these noble efforts. The main feature of the blog is a comic that satirically depicts the endemic apathy toward environmental responsibility. The blog also includes updates on Rider’s sustainability efforts, paper waste facts, waste reduction tips, and features like “Waster of the Week.”

Since the launch of the blog and other green endeavors, patrons and students frequently ask questions such as, “Where can I recycle this?” and “Do you offer double-sided printing?” Some have even gone as far as to organize among themselves ways to be more eco-friendly. Our hope is that by fostering awareness in students now, once they take post-collegiate steps into their own lives, they will be more conscientious about the environment in their vocations, life-practices and communities.

Written by Mike Gray and Diana Petras.

Dr. Mike Gray
Administrative Associate
email: mgray at

  • B.A., Albright College–Reading, PA (English/ Sculpture/ Film)
  • M.A., University of Essex–Colchester, UK (American Literature)
  • Ph.D., University of Essex–Colchester, UK (American Literature – Faulkner and Film)

Diana Petras
Library Technical Assistant

email: petrasd at

  • B.M. Grove City College–Grove City, PA (Music – Voice)
  • M.M. Westminster Choir College of Rider University–Princeton, NJ (Voice Pedagogy and Performance)


Mike and Diana
Mike and Diana

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