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Sphere of Influence. Sphere of Influence. Saving the World: One Sheet of Paper at a Time. Before We Begin…. Some terminology: Side :1 printable surface Sheet :1 piece of paper, which has 2 sides Ream :Packet of paper, normally 500 sheets

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Sphere of Influence

Sphere of Influence

Saving the World:

One Sheet of Paper at a Time


Before We Begin…

Some terminology:

  • Side:1 printable surface

  • Sheet:1 piece of paper, which has 2 sides

  • Ream:Packet of paper, normally 500 sheets

  • Case:Box of paper, normally 10 reams or 5,000 sheets

  • Tree:

noun – a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground


From the world ofCampus Services


Campus-wide Paper Use

Amount of basic copier & printer paper distributed by Printing Services over the last 12 months:

  • Sheets:7,760,000

    This translates to:

  • Cases:1,522cases

  • Avg Homes:4.3homes

  • Trees (12” DBH):285trees


Campus-wide Paper Use

PCW = Post Consumer Waste, the recycled part of recycled paper

Type of copier & printer paper used at Carleton:

  • In 2003 the ratio was 15% recycled / 85% virgin

  • In 2004 the ratio was 29% recycled / 71% virgin

  • In 2005 the ratio was 70% recycled / 30% virgin

    In the last 12 months:

  • 96% was recycled paper containing 30% PCW

  • 4% was virgin paper


Campus-wide Paper Use

Unfortunately, PCW costs more…

Financial consequence of making recycled paper with 30% PCW the default:

  • + $4,000 expense for past 12 months

    Potential financial consequence of making 100% PCW recycled paper the default:

  • + $14,347 (approx) expense for next 12 months


Paper Use in Copiers

  • Total copier volume steady around 7 million sides every 12 months for past three years

  • Dramatic decline in copier volume of labs/public copiers over past three years:

    • 2004 labs/public copiers volume was 83 cases

    • 2005 labs/public copiers volume was 37 cases

    • 2006 labs/public copiers volume was 21 cases

  • Total cost of copying (Leases, Service, Paper):

    • $310,000 in FY 2004 - cost per side = 4.4 cents

    • $301,000 in FY 2005 - cost per side = 4.3 cents

    • $273,000 in FY 2006 - cost per side = 3.7 cents


From the world ofStudent Computing


Student Lab Printing

Looking at the last 12 months for 16 printers located in 12 public lab spaces:

  • Sides Printed:2,899,817

  • Sheets consumed:1,449,909

  • 4 printers in the library represent 53%

  • Represents 19% of distributed paper

  • Student printing supply costs:

    • Toner:$44,617

    • Paper:$8,515

    • Maint. Kits:$3,625 (based on rec. cycles of 200,000 pages)

    • Equipment:$7,650 (averaged from 4 year cycle)

    • Total:$64,407


Student Lab Printing

Printing at the Libe – A Look at Trends:

  • In the summer of 1998, a new printer was purchased

  • In the summer of 2002, it was retired having printed750,000 sides

  • Average of 187,500 sides per year

  • Replaced by a total of four printers

  • All four printers were retired summer 2006 having printed4,300,000 sides between them

  • This represents 1 ream of paper for every Carleton student, faculty and staff member – just in the library!

  • Average of 1.1 million sides per year


Student Lab Printing

Why the increase?

  • eReserve

    • Makes class readings available online

    • Students print their own rather than copy from original

  • Increased number of journals, periodicals etc. which are available online

    • Students each print a copy rather than read from one original

    • Or they print original versus copying from original

  • “Hey, free printing!”


Campus-wide Printing

Printing totals across campus for the last month of Fall Term 2006:

  • Academic:# Printers:97Sides printed:155,200Avg per printer:1,600

  • Administrative:# Printers:111Sides printed :459,564Avg per printer:4,140

  • Student:# Printers:16Sides printed :345,655  35 CasesAvg per printer:21,603

  • TOTAL:# Printers224Sides printed :960,419Avg per printer:4,287


Reducing Amount of Printing

There are several efforts in place and under way to try to help reduce the amount of printing:

  • In the public labs, Duplex has been the defaultsince Spring 2003

  • Limit the number of copies printed to 5(self-regulated)

  • Investigating a Print Management solution

  • Investigating the use of Multi-Function Devices (MFD)

    More on these last two points coming up…


FromWhat’s Next?in the World


What’s In the Pipeline?

  • Next Summer Printing & Mailing Services will be replacing 40 of our 60 copiers with MFDs and ability to print from your computer to most of these devices

    • MFD = Multi-Function Devices,combining copier, printer, scanner and FAX machine

  • Evaluating and selecting a Print Management Solution

    • A system which helps us monitor and better control printing

    • Initially used for tracking only

    • The institution may choose to set quotas and charge

    • The system can be tied to OneCard

  • Recycled Paper conversations on campus are continuing with various groups


From Your World


Why Is This Important to You?

  • What can anyone do with all this information?

  • You're just one person – this is a College problem, right?

  • Why should you care?

  • What do you do if you care but are overwhelmed by the size of the problem?


Why Is This Important to You?

Care because you are a citizen…

  • of the global community

  • of the local community in which you live

  • of the Carleton community

  • of your departmental community

    …and you are a steward of those communities

  • Your sphere of influence begins with YOU


Why Is This Important to You?

  • Care because if you don't the problems will just get bigger and harder to solve

  • The problem is on the table

  • It's too big for any one person,but not for all of us to tackle together

  • We can start figuring out what to do at Carleton together


Why Is This Important to You?

What’s in it for us..?

  • Better understanding of our part in the bigger picture

  • More control over our own lives

  • A measure of control over our work environments

  • Creative ideas for where we go from here

    Can we make a difference?

    Can we make a better community?


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