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Eco-initiatives Help Barnes & Noble Connect With Students

February 13, 2012

At Barnes & Noble College, we hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to protecting the environment. We know our students are concerned, as well. We work with each of our college partners to integrate our practices into their own programs and philosophy, and we support our students’ commitment through a variety of in-store and on-campus initiatives.

 

Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center, which houses the school’s bookstore, was recently named one of the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment.

Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center, which houses the school’s bookstore, was recently named one of the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment.

Green Stores

Whether we’re renovating an existing bookstore or building a new one, we work closely with our college partners to fulfill their green goals and vision. Our experienced architects can help design LEED-certified buildings, and for building interiors, we work with manufacturers to recycle old fixtures and construction debris. A growing number of our new and rehabilitated stores, including Georgia Tech, Washington State, and Tulane University, are LEED-certified with plans for more on the way. Our low-impact store features include:

  • Recycled floor coverings
  • Eco-friendly carpeting made with recycled content and low VOC
  • Non-toxic, zero VOC paint
  • Mercury-free fluorescent lights
  • Eco-friendly merchandising fixtures made with recycled particleboard and non-toxic glues

Green Cafés

StarbucksLogoOur café operations uphold the same environmental principles as our stores. Food is served on reusable ceramic plates. Customers can also choose to receive their beverages in a reusable ceramic mug. Our napkins are made from 99.9% recycled material. Our biodegradable coffee sleeves are made from 60% post-consumer fibers, and we are currently investigating several new types of recycled and biodegradable coffee cups.

Green Products

SustainabiltyThere’s no doubt that students are taking the lead when it comes to sustainable thinking. They are also setting trends with sustainable merchandise. To keep up with evolving student needs and tastes, we’ve made our stores into a campus-wide resource for eco-friendly goods. We work with vendors who are committed to fair trade, ethical labor practices, and sustainability, and we customize our offerings to your specific campus preferences. Our broad, practical selection of merchandise includes:

  • Reusable travel mugs
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Recycled notebooks
  • Sustainable spirit clothing and merchandise
  • Recycled, reusable tote bags
  • Organic food and snacks
  • Graduation gowns made from recycled water bottles

Green in the Classroom

Digital textbooks are more than just an innovative learning tool—they’re also a great way to save trees. All of our stores offer a large and growing selection of digital books. As the industry’s leader, we are committed to driving this initiative and other potential paper-saving applications.

Used books save students money. They’re also good for the environment, decreasing landfill waste and reducing pollution from the paper production and printing processes required to produce new books. Barnes & Noble facilitates the sale of used books through our comprehensive Cash for Books program, which encourages students to sell books they no longer want or need.

Visit bncollege.com to read more about Barnes & Noble’s commitment to the environment.

And visit bncnews.com every week for more news and updates.

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