Great Green Challenge Week 3: Reducing Waste

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- We're already at week 3 of the Great Green Challenge and this week's theme is to reduce waste.

At KARE 11, the biggest way we can do that is to simply use less paper. We use a lot of it. I don't think I can stress that too much.

I don't have to venture very far for my first task. It's here in the weather department.

During every weather event, observation reports automatically print out on our computer from the National Weather Service. During our last winter storm, more than 100 sheets printed out and because all this data is available online anyway, no one even looked at it. It's a total waste and it happens all the time.

So with a few clicks of the mouse to cancel the automatic printing, a lot of paper is saved.

Every weekday we print scripts for six newscasts.

In the name of reducing waste, I asked Pat Evans and Diana Pierce to switch it up a little and print their scripts using both sides of the paper and they approved!  Even Better, we're working on using iPads on set instead of paper all together.  You may have seen Dave Schwartz recently debuting the new technology and redeeming himself from his appearance in last week's Great Green Challenge!

But like any office, we will still print a lot of documents. And to cut back on paper usage, I changed most of our printers in the building to print two sided as the default. Again, with a little help from the tech department. It's a small step that makes a big impact. Give it a try at your workplace and join us in the great green challenge!

Send us your pictures of how you are participating in the Great Green Challenge to lbetker@kare11.com!

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