We already use recycled paper, but the university has taken another step to make campus printers as sustainable as possible. Initiated in Fall 2012, PrintGreen is a new way to manage student printing on campus.
Management of PrintGreen
PrintGreen is overseen by the Library Media and Information Systems (LMIS) standing committee of the Faculty Senate, endorsed by the Sustainability Advisory Committee, and managed by Technology Services.
How PrintGreen Works
Through PrintGreen, students are allotted 750 print credits each semester. A “print” is each page side that runs through the printer, so printing a single-sided page equals one print and a double-sided page is two prints.
After 750 prints, a student will pay 10 cents per print. Based on records of past usage, the majority of students will never exhaust the 750 print credits alloted to them each semester.
Through a desktop icon, students can check to see their remaining print credits, how many prints have been used, and the environmental impact of their printing to date. Students can also use this icon to add credit to their account as needed.
Data Supporting PrintGreen
Technology Services began monitoring printing on campus in August 2011. During Fall 2011, the average number of prints per student was 457. The median number of prints (half of students print less and half more) was 275. A few students printed in extreme quantities (in some cases, more than 5000 prints during the semester). Data for Spring 2012 was consistent with the fall numbers.
As shown below, the 750 print allotment per student ensures the vast majority of students will not pay for any printing. The only students incurring costs will be those who choose to print in very high volumes.
Information and Assistance
For questions or comments, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.