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Earth Week - No Print Day 

 

Dear Fellow State of Illinois Employees,

Every day we work together to make Illinois a better place to live, do business and serve the people of Illinois.  We continually look for ways to improve the functioning of State government and our individual lives.  As stated in the Green Governments Illinois Act, I am asking you to join me in demonstrating the State’s commitment to reducing negative environmental impacts, reducing greenhouse gases and preserving our precious resources for current and future generations.

During Earth Week this year (April 22), the State of Illinois encourages employees to print only when necessary to underscore the overuse of paper today.

According to a Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Program, the U.S., which has less than 5% of the world's population, consumes 30% of the world’s paper.  The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, part of which comes from about 2 billion trees per year.  The amount of wood and paper the average American throws away each year -- approximately 1 billion trees worth -- is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years, according to the report.

CMS' I-Cycle Program in FY 13 has recycled:

• 2,946,844 pounds of paper
• 365,802 pounds of OCC (card board)
• 1,129 Pounds of plastic
• 4,067 pounds of Aluminum
• 58,168 pounds of empty food cans from prisons
• 30,482 pounds of assorted comingled items

You can continue to help make a difference!

• Recycle at the nearest recycle bins.
• Unplug appliances when you are not using them.
• Turn off the lights when not in use.
• Send faxes electronically/email documents.
• Think before you print something.
• Read it via monitor!

Remember -- Tuesday, April 22 is “No Print Day” and everyone is encouraged to function with less paper. Thanks for helping to keep the State of Illinois green!

Sincerely,
Pat Quinn
Governor