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Spring into green: how the ADAA is helping to care for our environment.

It has been a long cold winter for many of us. As I look forward to spring, I think about blue skies, green grass, the sound of birds chirping and the smell of flowers in bloom. It sparks a sense of energy and excitement that a new season brings.

For dental assistants, I hope the new season signals a renewal to your commitment to dentistry. One way you can contribute to your profession is to give back to Mother Earth by "going green" in your dental office.

Did you know we here at ADAA are doing our part to give back? Maybe you noticed we sent you a renewal notice via e-mail for the first time this year. Many of you may have taken advantage of the $5 discount by paying online, just as I did. Your ADAA Board of Trustees and staff have been doing the majority of our business via e-mail, rather than paper, for a few years now. Our twice-yearly Board of Trustees' meeting agendas and reports are now being sent electronically and we intend to implement the distribution of delegate handbooks electronically this year, with 2012 as our goal to be paper-free.

Our award and scholarship forms are now all electronic, your state's rebate reports have become double-sided and we are doing online CE testing rather than paper copy for our members, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Did you know your Dental Assistant Journal is 100 percent American made of soy-based ink and is recyclable? Very soon, it will be available on the internet should you prefer to get your Journal via that mode. In fact, all of our newsletters--Educator's Newsletter, Student Newsletter and Business Beat--will be available online in the near future, thus getting us closer to being paperless. Did you know that for every 13 people who go paperless, one tree is saved? Of course, paper copies will always be available to those of you who choose to receive them that way. I just ask that you do your part and recycle them when finished.

In this month's Journal, we are privileged to have our good friend and expert in the field, Kevin Henry from PennWell Publishing, author an article specifically for dental assistants about "going green" in your office (see page 10). Also, the U.S. Air Force Dental Service explains why using digital radiography is an eco-friendly practice (see page 6). The ADA and ADAA are also working together to spread the word on this very important issue.

I know change is difficult and as dental assistants it falls on our shoulders, but please consider the environment and the future of our children. Ask yourself if you can make a commitment to change in this bright new season called spring.

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."--Victor Frankl

Angela M. Swatts, CDA, EFDA

ADAA President, 2009-2010

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Title Annotation:PRESIDENT'S PAGE
Author:Swatts, Angela M.
Publication:The Dental Assistant
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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