The Paper Diet Report

A new way to (not) think about paper

In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the U.S., according to the American Forest & Paper Association. And that’s just the paper that was recovered.

In 2010, GMN released “Beyond the Recycling Bin: Greening Practices of Grantmakers,” (PDF) which reported on paper use, energy efficiency, and green travel practices of member organizations. GMN’s survey showed that grants managers are overwhelmingly interested in greening practices, and their actions can impact the overall greening of their organizations.

The Paper Diet began in 2011 where “Beyond the Recycling Bin” ended, with results that show grantmakers’ interest in greening and understanding of the key practices required to lessen the use of paper and increase content efficiency.

What changes could grants management professionals implement in their own organizations?

A group of GMN members—just under 100 individuals from organizations of all sizes—agreed to tell us about their paper usage. We then asked them to spend time looking at their original reports and develop methods of reducing the amount of paper used in their everyday work. Later, we asked the same cohort to tell us about changes they made and the resulting decreases in paper usage.


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