About AAA

Green Thumbs at AAA

Go Green! AAA encourages the use of environmentally friendly options for getting the most out your membership. Make your membership as green as possible.


AAA Journals

Starting in 2016 all our journals will become digital primary, and members can opt-out of print copies of any publication. Members continue to have free unlimited access to AnthroSource, where you can see the breadth of the portfolio demonstrated in more than 30 journals. Members can also receive digital alerts about new content that publishes and can purchase a print copy at cost starting in 2016. All members will continue to receive 6 print issues of Anthropology News, although you can opt out if you want to. This move saves more than 70,000 journal copies from being printed each year, and their related polybag for mailing. We also offer electronic voting and surveys, instead of mailing paper ballots and questionnaires.

For more information on going digital primary in 2016, view the following resources in AnthroSource:

Mike O'Riordan "AnthroSource 2.0" Anthropology News September/October 2014.

Oona Schmid "Getting to Journals 3.0: Changes to the Publishing Program." Anthropology News March/April 2014.

Oona Schmid "AAA's Publishing Program" Anthropology News October 2013.

Deborah Nichols, Ben Orlove, and Hugh Jarvis "Publishing Survey Findings" Anthropology News May/June 2013.


Our AnthroGuide is still available for purchase in print, but is also available online.

Annual Meeting

We've created a digital itinerary planner for the annual meeting and an app, in lieu of a printed insert.

Of course our biggest event of the year —the annual meeting—has the most potential for all of us to show eco-friendly behavior. Meeting attendees can save $5 on registration and elect to use the app in lieu of a print program. The Anthropology and the Environment Section developed guidelines, called "Greening the Meeting," to help meeting participants reduce their carbon footprint. Their suggestions include individual choices to be made about transportation, use of standard hotel services, and communications.

AAA Governance

AAA's governance is going green, too. AAA staff provides nominations materials, board books, and voting all paper-free and online.

AAA Office

To be eco-friendly, AAA staff works in environmentally conscious ways both in daily office work and in serving our members. In our office, staff goes to extra efforts to conserve energy. Our lights are on remote sensors and turn off automatically. Staff volunteers take recycling out for items not already recycled through our building's property management. The association utilizes a landfill-free electronics recycler for equipment and furniture that has reached its useful life. We've also donated items we no longer use to a local youth club.

Through all of these efforts AAA staff remains committed to guiding the association towards greater environmental stewardship.