Sustainability in the Multnomah County Library

Library Sustainability Liaison: Dan Swerbilov

Paper Reduction in the Libraries

We reduced our paper consumption by 25% since FY2008! This saved the department over $6,000 in avoided paper purchases last year.

We have also increased the amount of paper we purchase made with 100% recycled content. Buying 100% recycled paper saves:

  • 60-70% energy savings over virgin pulp
  • uses 55% less water
  • reduces water pollution by 35%
  • reduces air pollution by 74%
  • eliminates many toxic pollutants

Multnomah County Sustainability Liaisons coordinate sustainability efforts in their departments by acting as resources and advocates. Please contact them if you have questions, suggestions or would like to get involved.