Earthweek Paper Reduction Messages

Subject line – Monday – save power – save money

This year in celebration of Earth Week and as we consider what we can all do to help cut expenses, we wanted to share with you some startling facts about our paper and printer usage on campus. Our hope is that you will join us in taking the Earth Week Turn Off  Your Printers challenge and “think before you print”.

Did you know?

It is estimated that if all 717+ desktop printers are left on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the college wastes approximately $4,000 a year in electricity costs alone – just while the printers sleep.

What can I do?

You can turn off your printer until you need to use it. Even in resting or sleep mode printers draw electricity. This week – try to go without your desktop printer!  Use a networked printer if you can, send larger jobs to the copy center.

Tuesday – save paper – save money

Did you know?

  • Students print approximately 3,000,000 pages per year in the N250 Open Lab alone
  • The copy center went through 4,550,000 sheets of paper in the past 12 months
  • The college buys approximately 4,400,000 pages of paper per year for its desktop printers, fax machines, and satellite copiers (excluding N250 Open Lab and the copy center)
  • Taken together, this means the college prints approximately 12,000,000 pages per year

What can I do?

  • You can post handouts to the portal and encourage students not to print unless absolutely necessary
  • You can plan ahead and create packets for your classes that students purchase at the beginning of the quarter from the bookstore
  • You can think twice before printing an email
  • Print meeting materials double sided – better yet project information in meeting rooms with projector systems
  • Print on white paper – not colored paper – it’s cheaper!
  • Sign up at My BC and commit to the Great BC Paper Chase Pledge

Wednesday – save toner – save money

Did you know?

Inkjet printers seem cheaper – but the toner really adds up. About 20% of the printers on campus – around 140 units – are inkjets. Every page printed on an inkjet cost four times what it costs to print on a laser jet! If we eliminated inkjets we could save around $30,000 a year!

What can I do?

  • Don’t buy any more inkjet printers. Work with people in your area and pool money to get a networked printer
  • Ask Computing Services to give you some free consultation and how you can be a better steward of college resources – while maintaining efficiency and convenience
  • Think before you print

Thursday – save time – save money

Did you know?

Computing Services spend hours every week fixing printers – and the cheaper the printer the more frequently it seems to need to be fixed!

What can I do?

Talk to your unit or others in your immediate vicinity about getting one networked laser printer. Replacing desktop printers with workgroup laser printers could save as much as $56,000 a year!

Friday – How did it go?

Did you do your part to help us save close to $90,000?

Thank you for celebrating Earth Week by taking the Earth Week Turn Off  Your Printers challenge and “thinking before you print”.

We hope you signed up for the challenge and have already found new ways to save!

Last Updated April 18, 2011