Students affect change of paper product supplier
September 24, 2009
COLUMBUS, OH — Following a campaign by students, Capital University has switched its supplier of paper products from Georgia-Pacific Corporation to Kimberly-Clark Corporation, according to The Chimes.
A group of students took a stand against what they call "unethical practices" employed by Georgia-Pacific, referring explicitly to supposed chemical waste pits that have allegedly polluted the nearby city for decades, the story stated.
After receiving 500 signatures from students around campus, the facilities management department decided to honor the student body''s desire to change paper product suppliers; the change officially went into effect the first day of classes in the fall 2009 semester, the story noted.
Troy Bonte, director of facilities management, said: "It is important for all citizens to show concerns for the environment. That is why the university has instructed Aetna Building Maintenance to use green certified chemicals and make the change from Georgia-Pacific to Kimberly-Clark."
Matt Wovrosh, a senior who helped affect the change, said that a part of education is not just equipping students with knowledge, but social responsibility as well, the story added.
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