Get The Ohio State University out of Endangered Forests!
OSU President, Gordon Gee
members of Free The Planet! OSU
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If the Ohio State University truly aspires to be among the world's truly great universities and you are among the most highly experienced university presidents in the nation, why then are you refusing to clean up your act and make OSU into an environmental leader? Free The Planet OSU has confirmed that The Ohio State University purchases forest products made from clear cuts in North Americas Boreal forest. They have further confirmed that The Ohio State University receives large amounts of paper products from the Grassy Narrows First Nations tradition territory via university contracts with OfficeMax. This despite that last January, the people of Grassy Narrows called for an end to clear-cut logging within the community's traditional territory over concerns about the their health and welfare.
In addition to being home to the people of Grassy Narrows and hundreds of other indigenous communities, the Boreal Forest is one of our first lines of defense against global warming. It provides critical habitat for many species, including endangered caribou and half of North America's songbirds as well.
To improve its environmental record, we the undersign support the call of Free The Plant! OSU for the university to Publicly state that The Ohio State University does not support logging in endangered forest areas, Dramatically increase the use of Post Consumer Waste recycled paper across the University, Ensure that all remaining virgin fiber is sourced from FSC-certified operations, Immediately cut contracts with companies that source from Endangered Forests, off-limit caribou range & First Nations Territory and finally Reduce overall Paper Use
As you may know, after two years of campaigning Free The Planet and allies at ForestEthics reached an important environmental agreement with OSU Board of Trustees member, Les Wexner and his company, Limited Brands. The Limited joined companies like Dell and Williams-Sonoma who have developed exemplary procurement policies and are actively implementing them in collaboration with suppliers and environmental groups. They are making a real difference for forests, the climate, and how forest products are used and produced. Now it is time for The Ohio State University to pave the way for institutions of higher education and join this growing trend toward social and environmental responsibility.