ITS purchases paper for all the public and shared printers on campus. This includes the two public labs in the library and Mood, the two computer classrooms in Olin, and all the shared printers used by the professors. Last academic year we printed more than three times the height of the Perkin's Chapel tower. That’s 325 feet high; 1950 reams; 4 1/2 tons. Enough to stretch about 169 miles!
Print Less Campaign '09 - '10
What ITS is Doing
ITS purchases the paper for all the public and shared printers on campus. This includes the two public labs in the library and Mood, the two computer classrooms in Olin, and all the shared printers used by the professors.
All the printers in the access labs are set by default to print double-sided. Many faculty work-group printers are equipped with a duplexer. Printing double-sided is strongly encouraged.
The paper purchased for the printers is made from 30% recycled paper. It is a general use paper for printers, copiers and fax machines and meet's the industry's high standards for bleaching and recycled/alternative fiber content.
What you Can Do - Green alternatives to printing
First and foremost, ask yourself " Do I really need to print this webpage, article or paper at all!" If it is necssary to need to print, consider the following:
- Don't print ALL the pages. Select only pages you really need to print.
- Print multiple pages on one page in PowerPoint, PDF or Word docs
- Consider printing double-sided Windows or Mac
- Select text from a web-site, copy/paste into MS Word and print just that text.
- Bookmark webpages for quick access when needed
- Create a folder on your Helios drive called "My articles" and save journal aricles instead printing them. They will be easy to retrieve at a later date.
- Use a PDF reader with highlighter and notation tools. Save the PDF documents with the important text marked.
- Use Firefox add-on tool to trim a webpage before printing.