Associated Students of Cerritos College is going green in order to become more economically friendly and reduce the spending cost of unnecessary paperwork.
According to ASCC President Lance Makinano, a vast amount of paper is being printed for ASCC, ICC, Cabinet, Court and Senate meetings.
He estimates that a combined total of 70 or more individuals receive printed material ranging from five to 10 pages per person per week during the meetings.
“We find that it’s a waste of money, it’s a waste for the environment so as a result, we are trying to go green,” ASCC Vice President Aldo Lopez said.
Besides reducing the negative impact to the environment, the purpose of the ASCC’s green initiative is to save money that is normally used to purchase paper as well as ink toner.
“We (ASCC members) pledged that we would try to save money,” Makinano said.
Makinano as well as Lopez want to make a change by using ASCC funds in order to purchase a laptop computer for use during all of the meetings.
According to Lopez, legislature for the laptop has already been written and passed. Makinano and Lopez have already selected a laptop computer that they plan to purchase.
Makinano stated that there are some individuals that are questioning the benefit of spending school funds on a laptop and laptop projector in order to save money. With that in mind, Makinano has appointed a budget and finance commissioner to conduct a cost-benefit analysis.
“I have nothing to hide. We’re trying to do (a) better thing for the school,” Makinano said.
Lopez is optimistic about going green not only because it will save money, but because it will be environmentally friendly.
Cerritos College art major Melissa Duran feels similar to what Lopez feels about the transition to a more environmentally friendly system.
“It makes me a bit happy since you know someone (is) actually willing to go green and save trees,” Duran said
All material that would be printed for the meetings will now be available on TalonNet, a server on the Cerritos College website.