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DSU eliminates and recycles 36 tons of paper from campus

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The Document Management Team

The Document Management Team (DMT) that spearheaded the GOT PAPER? Initiative, from left: Jasmine Burrus, assistant to the AVP Enterprise Risk Management; Michelle Shorter, AVP of Enterprise Risk Management & chief risk officer; Monica Hall, associate director of Policy & Compliance, DMT leader; Melayna Hall, DSU student; and Sand Hoffman, manager of Risk & Safety.

A team from Delaware State University’s Office of Enterprise Risk Management recently concluded an initiative that has made the campus safer and more information secure with the conclusion of DSU’s first-ever GOT PAPER? campaign.

The team led a process by which it helped DSU offices and departments identify masses of paper and paper products such as cardboard that no longer served a purpose. The team then designated July 28-29 as GOT PAPER? day, in which employees threw out more than 36 tons of unneeded documents and cardboard from the campus.

The paper waste was shredded and then sent to be recycled.  According to Data Guard, based in Bridgeville, the recycling company received from DSU a total of 33.8 tons of paper and 2.6 tons of cardboard. That total of 36.4 tons of recycled paper saved the equivalent of more than 618 mature trees.

“The overall goal is to reduce risk by resolving information security, fire, and safety issues simply by reducing the amount of paper on campus,” said Michelle Shorter, associate vice president of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at DSU.

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