Usually when the word "viral" pops up, I go running for a Z-pack from Dr. Goldberg. But when it comes to Margins, viral is what we crave. Thx to the following peeps/orgs for supporting Change the Margins. I've newly discovered Google Alerts, which is helping me to keep track of campaign mentions.
-Allan Doyle's THINK blog: He's the Director of Technology at the MIT Museum - that sounds like a verrry cool job that I'd love to have in an alternate version of my life...
January/February issue of World Ark, a newsletter published by Heifer International,
an organization dedicated to working with communities to end hunger and
poverty and to care for the earth. They've put me up for their "Genius
of the Month" award, which definitely makes me feel a LOT better about
being the only person in my family who didn't go to grad school. Thanks
to my dad who found the article randomly - he receives the publication
because of his work with the non-profit org Prevent Child Abuse. While leafing through it he found the article and sent it my way.
No Friday EyeCandy last week, as I was up in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival covering it for Documentary Magazine. While I was there, I got covered myself...by Glamour! Margins is going to be featured in their April 2008 issue as part of their Green Guide (not official title).
Hopefully, I didn't sound like a complete idiot in the interview. The reporter didn't quite catch me at my best... runny nose + 7000 feet of altitude adjustment = a less than coherent Tamara. My body does NOT like the cold!
And speaking of Sundance...several docs up there dealt with environmental issues, and all shared the common themes of acting locally and beginning with small steps. Flow: For Love of Water dealt with the looming water crisis. I'm familiar with water pollution issues, but learned a lot about the effects of H20 privatization - it scared the crap of out me. In Fields of Fuel, activist Josh Tickell advocates the use of biodiesel fuel, and uses it as the jumping off point to explore our dependence on oil and to showcase current solutions. Trouble the Water, a personal account of surviving Katrina, and I.O.U.S.A., about the national debt, are not directly about the environment, but you can't help but connect the dots once they are put in context.
If you want to see my Sundance coverage: www.documentary.org...all I'm sayin' is, there are pictures of Bono...
It's just no fun if it's all serious, all the time!
Luckily, Sludgie.com blogger/director Francis Stokes knows this and has decided to explore the lighter side of eco-terrorism in the trailer for his new web series ERF..."Some sleeper cells are sleepier than others."
No, this is not about the television show where mathematicians solve crimes the FBI can't seem to wrap their heads around. Just wanted to let y'all know that I've posted updated facts & figures on the STATS page on the site. There's a lot more specific information about how much you'll save by changing margins, as well as updated general stats about the paper industry.
For those of you who are using the numbers to convince your companies or colleges that there's merit in instituting a Margins program, I've also cited where I've gotten the stats from at the bottom of the page. Feel free to check out the sources for additional info you may find helpful.
I try to report on concrete positive results for the Margins campaign whenever possible. This in recently from Nick Cassidy, who heard the NPR story and brought the idea to his office at the State Architect’s Office in Ohio. He was recognized as "Employee of the Month" for the improvement. This quote is from the inner office communication that lauded his efforts:
"Another item, which was inspired by our own Nick Cassidy's initiative to narrow the margins of our paper documents, along with a few other efficiency strategies, has allowed us to reduce the number of pages in the consolidated document from 382 pages to 340, even with the addition of 7 pages in the Version Control Document. That's a whopping 12 percent less paper, impressions, energy, landfill space, printing time, etc."
I have no idea what the Version Control Document IS, but I'm all for the 12% cut in waste! According to Cassidy, there are a lot of forms used at State (gee, a government office that generates a lot of paperwork? What a surprise!), so this kind of change has the potential to have a sizeable impact.
As I continue to work on this campaign and find more and more interesting things along the way, I'm going to try to post something visual on Fridays. After all, I'm sure you're enjoying my scintillating prose, but there's only so much one can write about paper margins to keep y'all interested.
By now recycling cans is a no-brainer, but just in case you're ever tempted to toss that can into the regular garbage...