I think green-minded folks struggle with a number of these questions, particularly (as you clearly mention) in the long run. For example, as an instructor, for me, it would be better (potentially) to have all my students use their laptops. All that paper and notebooks where they take their notes go to a landfill in the end, so we may be saving both trees and landfill space.

But wait a minute. What happens with all the energy said laptops consume? What happens AFTER my students’ laptops have stopped working? What if they also land on the landfill? Didn’t I just generate more negative environmental effects?

These kind of questions are alwas baffling and puzzling. And you just inspired me to write something about it (probably not today’s posts, though!)

All the best and I’ll see you when I get back to Vancouver.