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5 Quick Ways to Be Greener

Posted by Kate Seat on 3/20/15 3:57 AM

The first day of spring is the perfect time to think about making a fresh start, especially when it comes to your store's impact on the environment. So don't wait for Earth Day! Start making some small changes today and you can make a big difference for tomorrow. The following tips were selected from a post by Nicole Reyhle for Retail Minded — let us know if you've tried any of these in your store in the comments!

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Clear Out the Clutter

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/1/15 10:05 AM

Spring may not have sprung yet, but we promise, it is right around the corner. To get you ready for this season of new beginnings, we’ve designed a two-part plan to help you and your students give back to your community and de-clutter a bit at the same time! Encourage students to share their unwanted items to help those in need or give your customers a chance to put a new spin on something old — we’ll lay it all out for you, and you choose the event that best fits your store.

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Minnesota Duluth Goes Bag Free

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 11/9/14 10:00 PM

As part of a university-wide goal to make the campus a little greener, the University of Minnesota Duluth bookstore went bag free between November 3rd and 7th. Ann Pellant, the Buyer Supervisor at the bookstore, says that they are planning to make this a biannual event from now on, after only doing it in April for the past six years.

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Wheaton College Bookstore Builds Loyalty with Surprise Gifts

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 8/20/13 11:00 PM

In today’s evolving marketplace, customer loyalty is more important than ever. One of the most basic yet effective ways to gain this essential sentiment is to say “thank you” to those who help support your business. Excelling in this area of service, Wheaton College Bookstore extends their sincere appreciation to students during fall rush season through their Easy Books Promotion.

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Graduation Goes Green at Roosevelt University

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 5/8/13 11:00 PM

Graduation at Roosevelt University is getting a new look thanks to Roosevelt University Registrar Sheila Coffin and her graduation team. The recycled caps and gowns are made from plastic bottles and they will be worn for the first time ever by more than 750 undergraduates and graduate students during the Spring Commencement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

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Retailers Stepping Up Green Push

Posted by admin on 5/1/13 11:00 PM

The following excerpt, from the article Retailers stepping up green push, was written by , reporter, and published on Crain's Business. Read the full article to learn how these sustainable investments are benefiting retailers financially over the long term.

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UMD Stores Grow Community Relations with Weekly Farmer's Market

Posted by admin on 7/23/12 11:00 PM

Sustainability is important to many across the U.S., and the citizens of Duluth, Minnesota are certainly no exception. Recognizing that the community feels passionately about living a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle, UMD Stores collaborates with both the University of Minnesota-Duluth and other local businesses to support several initiatives that are making campus even greener.

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Why Consumers Care About Sustainability

Posted by admin on 3/20/12 11:00 PM

The following excerpt from the article, How to make cause marketing and sustainability part of your corporate DNA, was written by Shelly Lipton for SmartBlog on Leadership.

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SFSU Bookstore Supports Sustainability

Posted by admin on 10/18/11 11:00 PM

MBS Foreword Online - SFSU Bookstore Wooden Nickel Program
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Retailers Say Goodbye to Bags

Posted by admin on 9/15/11 11:00 PM

In 2007, San Fransisco passed a law that banned plastic bags from all the city's grocery stores and pharmacies. Since then, cities across the United States, including Washington D.C., Boston, Portland, and Phoenix, are considering similar restrictions.

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