Across campus — on bulletin boards in dining halls, the library and O’Shaughnessy Hall — one poster read: “The Last Poster (from the Center for Social Concerns)”.James Shortall, director of communications and advancement for the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) said the organization will no longer be distributing its information for programs and applications by means of posters or any other paper-related source.Shortall said this decision was based on the papal encyclical “Laudato Si,” which was published by Pope Francis on May 24, 2015. The encyclical says that the poor are disproportionately affected by climate change, especially in developing countries whose natural resources often drive the economies of more developed countries.Shortall said after reading the encyclical, members of the CSC began to consider how its material consumption impacted the environment.“Because there’s so much in that document about how we have gotten into the predicament we’re in with regard to the environment and who it affects, we started talking about what we do here at the [CSC] that might not be great for the environment and how we could start to steward our resources better and undergo what that document calls an ‘ecological conversion’ and care for our common home together,” Shortall said.He said for the past two years the organization has looked closely at reducing paper usage in particular.“We produce 50 to 60,000 pages of paper every year in posters and booklets, and given that most folks learn about us through digital means these days, we felt that didn’t make sense,” Shortall said.He said when considering the effects of going paperless, the CSC conducted three surveys, polling students on how they found out about the courses, programs, applications and events they offer. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they found out about programming through digital means, he said. They decided to make the switch to not using paper last year and have since been building up their digital media platforms to reach a wider audience, he added.“We have an electronic newsletter that we send out every week to more than 3,000 people,” he said. “We have digital displays in the building that we just installed this summer, and those will show the 1,500 visitors to the building every week what we’re doing, and they also will let us exchange our images with other buildings that have digital displays. We have an enhanced website and four social media platforms, a podcast and extensive video capability.”Shortall said the environmental benefits of this switch extend beyond saving paper. Considering there are some materials in printers that cause harm to the environment, there is no way of guaranteeing that all the posters and pamphlets the CSC produces are recycled. The process of recycling can also produce additional pollutants.He added that he hopes the change will set an example for other organizations looking to be more environmentally conscientious.“The impact we’d like to have has more to do with being seen as and being a leader on campus with regard for environmental issues. Given our mission we think it’s appropriate that we be early adopters of this kind of thing,” Shortall said. “We’d love to see other units go paperless, too.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, sustainability
“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you. I’m leaving but this shirt, this crest and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.”Ronaldo ends a glorious trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital, having picked up 16 titles including no less than three FIFA Club World Cups, four UEFA Champions Leagues – including the last three – and two league titles. He was also named as the world’s best men’s player on six occasions while representing Los Blancos.Additionally, the 33-year-old racked up an incredible scoring record with Real, setting in stone a tally of 451 goals in 438 games.“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football,” the Spanish club said in an official statement.“Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement. For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols and a unique reference for future generations.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Italian giants Juventus have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, with the former Real Madrid star heading for his first spell in Italy, after nine years starring in Spain’s La Liga.Having requested a transfer, the reigning The Best FIFA Men’s Player, fresh from reaching the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with Portugal, signed a four-year deal with the Turin side, who have won the Italian Serie A title for a record seven successive seasons.“I believe that the time has come to begin a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer request. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand,” Ronaldo said in an open letter.