One of the easiest ways to do your part for a green community is to print less. If every student in the university printed 100 fewer sheets of paper per year, or the equivalent of 20 assignments at 5 pages each, we would save 13 tons of paper annually!
There are a lot of ways to reduce the number of pages you print, but here are a few simple ideas.
- Don't print rough drafts. If you have to print the assignment at all, just print the final copy.
- Ask your professor to accept digital copies of your work. It doesn't hurt to ask.
For Staff & Faculty
- Don't print out syllabi for the students. Rather, send them electronically via email or post on Blackboard.
- For meetings, try not to print out anything, including any presentation slides. If you need to hand out information, send it electronically before the meeting, if possible. That way, if someone wants to bring a copy, they can bring their own, be it a digital copy or hard copy.
- When acceptable, print on both sides of the paper by using the printer/copier's double-sided (duplex) function.
- Make it a personal goal to never print an email.
- Brainstorm all the things you print on a regular basis and ask yourself why you have to print them. Many of the things we print are never used or filed away, never to be seen again.
- If your college grants you a certain number of free prints, don’t feel like you have to use them. No one will get angry if you don't.
Other Ways to Help
There are many more ways you can help conserve our valuable resources. If you would like to know more about what you or your department can do, please see the following.
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