Prior to the PrintGreen Conservation program, the liberal printing policy had encouraged waste and contributed to the doubling of print copies. That waste includes items such as the following:
- documents which printed incorrectly
- lost documents
- documents printed to the wrong printer
- incorrect versions of a document
- documents which printed in the incorrect orientation
This resulted in annual costs of nearly one-half million dollars ($500,000) for paper, toner and printer replacements. Without modifications to our policy, we anticipated that further increases in printer utilization would have led to resource reductions in general computing operations and diminished service in student campus computing facilities. It is our commitment to reduce printer waste by making patrons more aware of the global footprint even one sheet of paper has.
Now, thanks to the PrintGreen Conservation program, as well as the concerted efforts of our patrons to conserve paper, we are making great strides to help Rutgers cut down on the waste generated by unnecessary printing.
The following chart shows how much the PrintGreen program saved on New Brunswick campus during its first three years (Fiscal Year 2008 to FY2010: July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2010).
The Computer Labs in New Brunswick have saved over 40,750,000 sheets of paper during the first three years of the PrintGreen Conservation program (starting in the summer of 2007).
July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007 : 31,255,000 sheets printed
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 : 21,983,132 sheets printed
July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009 : 15,078,701 sheets printed
July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 : 15,950,562 sheets printed
This savings is equivalent to about:
- 43% less paper, or
- 8150 boxes of paper, or
- 3400 trees
We look forward to continuing the PrintGreen Conservation program, and to working with our patrons in our efforts to conserve paper and cut down on the waste generated by unnecessary printing.
Do your part and remember to PrintGreen!