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In the Blue Zone exhibition area at COP22, there are many exhibitions by agencies, organizations, and three universities. One of them is ours 

Are We Really Ready to Go Paperless?

November 8, 2016

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In the Blue Zone exhibition area at COP22, there are many exhibitions by agencies, organizations, and three universities. One of them is ours--Cornell. I walked among the exhibits, and the first thing I noticed is that exhibitors have largely followed the COP22 organizing committee's new "no-paper" policy.

Linah AbabnehLinah Ababneh, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology at Cornell University, is a member of Cornell's COP22 delegation (watch her video)

Many companies have brought hard copies of publications, but also elected to bring this material on USB drives that are distributed to interested parties. In a sense, I salute the idea, but with a state of mixed emotions. It saves space and effort to distribute material on USB drives but also leaves me wondering: are we truly prepared for this electronic push? In other words, did we thoroughly evaluate the consequences of such a move at the environmental and educational level? Food for thought!

 

 

 

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