Concordia has a UniPrint system in the residence hall computer labs and the library to track paper usage and manage printing.
Often, students accidentally print additional copies of their papers by hitting print by mistake or not realizing which printer they are using. UniPrint requires students to type in a username and password at the printer before the paper is printed – dramatically reducing paper waste. The reduction saves paper, ink and other associated costs. In the library, this decreased paper use by almost 20 percent!
Concordia has trash-free classrooms. There is one trash can located on most floors of each academic building, right next to recycling bins. We found that many recyclable items were thrown in the trash because the bin was more convenient. With all bins being equally convenient, many students now choose to recycle.
Recycling on campus
Recycling bins are located in all residence hall rooms, and recycling guides are posted on each floor.
Aluminum: Nearly every building on campus, including residence halls, outdoor locations
Batteries: Post Office, Mugaas Plant Operations Center
Cardboard and paperboard: Flatten and leave near any garbage or recycling bin
Glass: Offutt Concourse, Brown Hall, Knutson Campus Center, Bogstad apartments, several outdoor bins
Magazines and catalogs: Post Office
Newspapers: Near all newspaper stands (The Maize, Post Office, residence halls)
Office Paper: Computer labs, residence halls, library, Knutson Campus Center, office buildings
Plastic (#1-7, except 3 & 6): Nearly every building on campus, including residence halls
Tin: Residence hall kitchens
Recycling off campus
If you live off campus in Moorhead or Fargo, you can still recycle. Recyclable materials are collected from residential homes at the curb, every other week, on the scheduled garbage collection day. Use a designated recycling container to help crews identify recyclable materials.
The following materials are collected for recycling:
- Plastic (anything with a recycling symbol, except #3 and #6)
- Steel, tin and aluminum cans
- Corrugated cardboard and paperboard (such as cereal boxes)
- Paper (all colors except neon brights) - staples and tape do not need to be removed
- Students are encouraged to give and take items from the Free Store, located in the basement of park region.
- Concordia provides sustainable move-outs each spring, collecting leftover food and clothing for donation to local food shelves and resale shops
- Sustainable move-ins are planned each fall, providing additional options for cardboard box recycling
- Facilities Management hosts a yearly 2-day "Garage Sale" in which members of the community can purchase gently-used furniture from Residence Life, and other items
- Computers and electronics at the end of their Concordia life are donated to area non-profits