cut down on paper, a small step

Every Saturday, a De Pere police officer delivers a packet to each of us 8 alderpersons in the city. The packet is a manila envelope containing a small stack of papers, specifically, agendas, letters and supporting documents related to current city matters and upcoming meetings. Larry Delo, our city administrator, also sends us a weekly memo, his “Friday Memo”, containing some quick bullet points on current happenings, along with copies of various memos, e-mails and newsletters.

Well, this weekend’s Friday memo (11 sheets of paper) starts like this:

“This will be the final hard copy of the Friday Memo included in your weekend packets. If you still want to receive a hard copy please let me know. Otherwise, I will e-mail all future Friday memos to you at your City e-mail address.”

The city has a sustainability committee who is looking at ways of being greener, and smarter with our resources. This small change to our weekly communications is great news, and one small step toward saving the city enormous amounts of paper.