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1 New Frontiers for the ESA Sue Silver, PhDFrontiers in Ecology and the EnvironmentEcological Society of AmericaNew Frontiers for the ESA
2 Greening ESA Introduction to ESA Publishing activities Annual Meeting and other conferencesESA officesWhat I will talk about can be put under 4 headings
3 Introduction to the ESA Not-for-profitFounded in 1915~35 staff, in Washington DC and Ithaca, NY10,000 members in over 90 countriesThe world’s largest professional organization of ecologists
4 MembersEcologists, environmental and other scientists, resource managers, teachers, policy makers66% academic13% federal scientists6% consultants5% non-profit10% otherESA organizational structureAdministration, membership and financesScience Program OfficePublic Affairs OfficeEducation OfficePublicationsCareers and certification
5 ESA missionTo promote the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA journals, reports, meetings, research, and expert testimony to Congress.So, given our mission, acting responsibly ourselves = something of a no-brainerWhy is being environmentally responsible important to the Society?Is it important to the members? Yes!Do they notice? Yes! Get plenty of letters from members asking why we send the journal in a polybag, etcMuch grumbling when we served shrimp at an annual meeting lunch (shrimp = one of the most environmentally destructive things you can eat)
6 ESA publicationsFour printed journals – All in the top 15 in the ISI Journal Citation ReportHere are 3 of them+ electronic members news – ESA Bulletin+ Ecological Archives – electronic data repository (material accompanying the articles in E, EA, EM)These switched to high recycled content paper in early in the year 2000EcologyFirst published in 192012 issues/year (print and online)Impact factor: (Ranked 7/114 in Ecology)Ecological MonographsFirst published in 19316 issues/year (print and online)Impact factor: (Ranked 4/114 in Ecology)Ecological ApplicationsFirst published in 19918 issues/year (print and online)Impact factor: (Ranked 14/114 in Ecology)
7 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment The latest ESA journal - Launched in February 2003The vision for this journal, was not onlyInternational Interdisciplinary Timely etc etcBut alsoAccessible to those reading outside their area of expertiseSo you get scientists reading across the specialtiesCross-fertilization of ideas between different specialties/sub-specialties
8 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Reviews and research communicationsInternational news sectionColumnistsEditorials, lettersMulti-author debatesStudent sectionLots of color!Central peer-reviewed scientific core+ Lots of fun stuff to get people to leaf through the journal and browseFull color throughoutWhen first launched no obvious choice in terms of an affordable, eco-friendly paperWent with one of APs stock papers (possibly 10% recycled content if you ordered it specially)So, no statement in journal about the paper in early issues –The main problem was that Frontiers needed just under 56,000 lb/year and the paper mills and paper merchants would only sell by the truckload (42,000 lb)This would have meant buying paper for almost the whole year + large outlay for us + storage charges from APThe other ESA journals were already using a high recycled content paper (New Leaf - EcoMatte) but only printed in B&W – put any color on different paperEcoMatte was very speckly and yellowish and not good for colorworkSo, set out to find a more ecologically acceptable alternativeLong road – took a long time – lots of problems along the way
9 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2003 – Formed the DCGPBG‘Better paper cheaper’2005 – Switch to Eagle 12006 – Switch to ST Generations2008 – Switch to OpusPB at CI invited all the environment-oriented non-profits in the DC area to a meetingConservation InternationalWorld Wildlife FundNational Wildlife FederationDefenders of WildlifeThe Nature ConservancyAnd The Ecological Society of AmericaOthers joined laterSept Formed the DC Green paper buyers group – Slogan: Better Paper Cheaper!To buy eco-friendly paper in bulk and so leverage better pricesAll had different needs so set out to educate ourselves insteadrecycled content/post-consumer wasteelemental chlorine free/processed chlorine free/totally chlorine freewas it better to wrap journals in paper or plasticForest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certificationAug 2005 – Switched to 100% recycled paper 10% pcw [Eagle 1 from American Eagle Mill – only recycled]Test runs (changes to colors – took 6 months to get it right)June 2006 Stopped making Eagle 1Frantic searchMore test runsAug 2006 Switched to ST Generations (50% recycled; 30% pcw) [Cascades Mill]Feb 2008 Noticed change in the ST Gen paper [paper mill hadn’t informed AP of changes – were not going to change back]April 2008 Will switch to Opus Matte [Sappi Mill – only 30% recycled but ALL FSC certified] – is that better or worse????March 2007 – ESA becomes a signatory on the Magazine PAPER project, an initiative run by Co-op America, pledging to use the most environmentally paper that we can, within the constraints of our budget, in both journal printing and office uses.
10 ESA annual meetings Changes venue every year 3000 to 4500 attendees Choose ‘green’ cities/convention centersLook for ‘green’ hotelsSome cities doing a lot - more likely to use.(eg Like Portland, OR -green convention center:Hotel compost their food leftover,use energy saving light bulbs,Don’t recycle soaps every day,Use sustainably harvested foodOther cities do little or nothing (like Kansas City) - we would not use them.Here are some of the green items we now ask for when we ask for a proposal from a city to host our annual meeting.
11 ESA annual meetings Re-use tote bags + patches No bottled water No styrofoam packagingRecycling binsPaper bathroom supplies (min 35% recycled/pcw)Environmentally friendly cleaning productsProviding drinking water in large containers rather than individual bottles—NO bottled waterNo Styrofoam to be used for any food/beverage functions or outletsProvide collections bins for the recycling of glass, aluminum, steel cans, plastic bottles, table coverings, pallets, paper (newspaper, cardboard, and other office paper) and greaseProviding all paper bathroom supplies with a minimum of 35% post-consumer recycled content paperUsing environmentally responsible cleaning products for carpets, floors, kitchens, and bathrooms
12 ESA annual meetingsChina service or biodegradable disposable plates, etcNo polystyrene #6 plasticServe condiments in bulkCloth or high recycled content paper napkinsDonate left-over food to food bank/compost table scrapsUsing china service or biodegradable disposable service at no additional cost to ESANo polystyrene #6 plasticServe condiments in bulk, not individual little packetsUse cloth napkins or post-consumer recycled paper napkinsDonate left over food to food bankCompost all table scrapesUse sustainably harvested food
13 ESA annual meetings Replace abstract book with CD Donate $5/head as carbon offsetAsk the members: what else should we be doing?Used to have a huge abstract book ( 700+ pages)About 3 years ago, members could choose: paper or CDThis year, CD bound in to each program + online (ESA website)Next year, will ask if they want CD (can just go online) – to further cut down on numbersHalf to a local renewable energy program, half to a national oneAfter annual meeting, members asked to fill in questionnaireNew question: What else should we be doing?
14 ESA offices Green Tags Double-sided photocopying and B&W printing Photocopying/office printing papers with high-recycled contentRecycle bins in each officeElectronic faxesReplacing office printers with duplex machines as/when they are at end of useful lifeCurrently just B&W double-sided printing
15 ESA offices Environmentally friendly movers Office décor Plastic, reusable binsNothing to the landfillOffice décorLow VOC paintRecycled carpetBamboo flooringAP has calculated our carbon offset 74,000 kilowatt hours of electricity = represents96,200 pounds of CO2Environmental offset equivalent of planting 13.3 acres of trees in a yearOr not driving one car 9.25 years or 116,550 milesGoes towards renewable energy generation (wind, solar power, hydropower)Chose movers who used re-usable crates, everything left over was recycled (nothing into landfill)New wood floor in reception is bambooPaint and carpet also eco-friendly
16 Why we all need to be ‘green’ Sustainability:Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.World Commission on Environmentand DevelopmentSustainability: Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The World Commission on Environment and Development- too human-centricNo matter - Not what we are doing at the moment!We are using the earth’s resources unsustainably.We are polluting the very things our lives depend on: the air, the water, and the soil, (news story about high levels of pharmas and personal care products in earthworms!) – and the food we eatCannot go on doing whatever we want, in the hope that someone else (next generation?) will make the necessary sacrifices to make it all OK in the end – an end which you and I likely won’t be around to witnessThe actions YOU take can make a huge difference
17 Why we all need to be ‘green’ “Will we be the generation that leaves our children a planet in decline, or a world that is clean, and safe, and thriving?”Senator Barack ObamaLansing, Michigan, August 2008
18 Why we all need to be ‘green’ Printing Aveda magazine for one year on 100% recycled paper saved:4,116 trees372,820 pounds of solid waste410,205 gallons of water535,050 Kilowatts of electricity1,029 Cubic yards of landfill spaceThe Aveda magazineAlso 57 years of electric power required by one average American home548,770 miles travelled in the average American car
19 Why we all need to be ‘green’ Do it for the sake of the planetDo it for your childrenDo it for your grandchildrenDo it for your own sakePlease do it!Doesn’t matter what your motivation isDo it for all the animals and plants we are driving to extinction (which in the end we will pay the price for)Do it for the sake of future generationsYou are already risking your own health – can’t eat certain fish (mercury), respiratory diseases and asthma rising due to air pollution and we now hear that the water we drink is contaminated with pharmaceuticalsThe main thing is to look at your own contribution to all this and do your part to do things better