Since the transition, paper consumption on the PawPrints network has reduced considerably. On the day we transitioned to duplex printing, we already printed about 50,000 fewer pages this term than last year. As of the beginning of October, we have printed about 110,000 fewer pages than last fall. The ultimate result will be a drastic reduction in paper consumption in one sector of the Baylor University community.
In addition to the introduction of duplex printing, we are enhancing our “greening” effort by ensuring that recycling boxes are available near every PawPrints station, by testing different grades of post-consumer paper for use on PawPrints stations in the University Libraries and by participating on a university-wide sustainability committee.
Our hope is that the PawPrints network will serve as an example to the Baylor University community and that some of the same measures that reduce paper consumption and increase recycling will be replicated. The PawPrints Web site features tips for paper conservation and living more environmentally aware.
- Carl Flynn