Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I have been slowly but surely cleaning out my office the last couple of months as part of a broader effort at more functional patterns. Sadly, most of my cleaning has consisted of recycling piles of law spam that made it into my office and never got sorted. The spam at times made me miss meaningful communication and was just a depressing waste. I have instituted a new rule that no pile makes it from the mail room to my office without my going through it to recycle spam.
In that context, I have been particulary saddened to get a number of paper brochures just this past week from leading environmental programs. I promptly recycled them and it lowered rather than raised my opinion of those programs. As we've moved to electronic announcements towards the list, some leading programs have moved towards only sending email updates. I've been trying to send emails acknowledging those updates so that those programs know that they can actually reach people this way. At Minnesota, we are aiming to go electronic in our communications with you and I'll be in touch soon with our latest. But it should be all of us, as we try to convince our colleagues outside of this field to limit the brochures as well. So please, environmental law programs, stop wasting paper and adding to the spam of this time of year.