KENNEWICK — Earlier this year, the Herald newsroom — at the behest of then-reporter Ingrid Stegemoeller — began to change their approach to paper, cardboard and other items that could be re-used.
Thanks to her and Green Team member Ron Buckland, there now is a cart in the middle of the newsroom for recyclables. It's near the printer for copy editors and reporters.
On Dec. 8, Ron sent me the following update:
"Looks like that cart pulled in 158 additional pounds. So – for 2009 your dept. recovered 415 lbs. which isn’t too bad when you consider we started this thing this year."
Ron — the Herald's post press department maintenance coordinator and a member of the Herald's 25-Year Club — long has spearheaded our recycling efforts throughout the offices and the warehouse, but it was Ingrid who stepped up the mindset for the newsroom.
"These are items that would have otherwise "slipped through our grasp!!" Ron wrote. "And we would have had to pay someone to haul off!"
Ingrid left the Herald and the world of journalism this past summer for Washington, D.C., and now works for The Pew Charitable Trusts. However, I am happy to report that her legacy is 415 pounds — and growing.