Recycling and Consumption Reduction

Waste-recycling initiatives at Newfields have led to staggering amounts of material recycled annually, on average:

  • 7,392 pounds of newspaper (3.4 times the amount recycled in 2008)
  • 12,950 pounds of office paper (8.24 times the amount recycled in 2008)
  • 2,099 pounds of aluminum
  • 2,046 pounds of plastic


Post-Consumer Recycling will begin in earnest in 2019 along with new efforts to create zero-waste events. Our goal is zero waste (less than 10% of waste going to landfill) by 2028. Water consumption is being analyzed with a reduction of at least 10% anticipated in the next 5 years.

  • Paper use - Newfields prefers vendors who use “green” practices. Additionally, the IMA has taken steps to reduce paper use  by  relying  more  heavily  on  the  website to disseminate information about  programming. In the administrative offices, staff are encouraged to print documents only when necessary, and to use double-sided printing whenever possible. In addition, thousands of pages of paper are saved every year by electronically sending meeting notices and other communications instead of printing them. Newfields also uses a digital fax number, which allows incoming faxes to be routed to staff via e-mail rather than paper.

Piction - Newfields is in the final stages of implementing the digital content management system, Piction, an institution-wide database for storing and sharing Newfields media assets and digital records. By migrating content from a dispersed network of department and shared drives to a centralized system for storing digital documentation, Newfields will be able to significantly reduce paper consumption. Shared documents can now be accessed in Piction instead of being distributed as printed copies. The implementation of Piction for document management will also ensure long-term preservation of digital records in their original format, minimizing the need to print physical copies.