Campus Bookstores Focus on Sustainability

February 28, 2011

Eco-FriendlySchool colors may vary from school to school, but Barnes & Noble College bookstores are always “green” when it comes to the products we offer and the stores we build or renovate.

Barnes & Noble College is committed to using “green” sustainable practices throughout our over 630 campus bookstores while finding new and leading-edge ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Our campus bookstores carry an array of environmentally-friendly products including: recycled notebooks, filler paper, printer paper, reusable tote bags, energy efficient light bulbs as well as the always popular, earth-friendly Burt’s Bees beauty products. Our sustainability efforts were highlighted in the May 2009 issue of NACUBO’s Business Officer Magazine.

Eco-Friendly Bookstores

The move toward a greener campus is driven by concerns of both eco-minded students and campus administrators. Today, the focus on sustainability reaches beyond the classrooms and dormitories and onto the shelves of the campus bookstore.

“Because Georgia Tech is such an environmentally conscious campus, our students are very interested in the recycled and environmentally friendly products we carry in the bookstore,” said Kate Curnow, Georgia Tech University bookstore marketing manager. “We also focus on buy-backs, used and digital textbooks, and eReader options like NOOK and NOOKstudy as greener alternatives for our students.”

Building Green

Barnes & Noble also works to reduce our stores’ environmental impact whenever we build or renovate. We accomplish this by using environmentally friendly materials including: EPP (environmentally preferred product) rated carpeting, low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) carpet adhesive, pre- and post consumer recycled flooring, and energy efficient lighting. 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.

Why not show your “green” side? Visit to find your bookstore and ask about the eco-friendly products they carry.  Learn more about Barnes & Noble’s sustainability programs.

What types of “green” programs or initiatives does your campus have? Let us know.