Go Green! AAA
encourages the use of environmentally friendly options for getting the most out
your membership. Make your membership as green as possible.
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
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.
Our AnthroGuide is still available
for purchase in print, but is also available online.
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's governance is going green, too. AAA staff provides nominations
materials, board books, and voting all paper-free and online.
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
Through all of these efforts AAA staff remains committed to guiding the
association towards greater environmental stewardship.