Too often, we see students printing out page after page of PowerPoint lecture slides, with just a few words on each page. Why not save money AND save paper by printing multiple slides per page?
The Weinberg Library Green Team will be posting these fliers (printed on reused paper, naturally) around our computer labs to remind all of our students and patrons to be conscious of how much they’re using. If you have any trouble with mutiple-slide printing, just ask for help at the Reference Desk!
So the week of April 19th was our first celebration of Earth Week here at the library. For those of you that haven’t been keeping up, we created some displays to try to become more environmentally conscious, and hopefully inspire some of the students to waste less. Our green tactics included stickers on printers, scanners and paper towel dispensers reminding you that the paper “comes from trees.”
But everything that we did was covered in a post from the beginning of Earth Week. What I’m here to focus on is the suggestions that we got from students, which we are going to be taking into consideration as we focus more on sustainability.
There were some especially good suggestions that we’d like to mention.
Install automatic sensors in the ProDeo room after the library closes, so that we don’t waste energy if no one is in the room at night.
Turn off the automatic doors at night. According to the suggestion, that alone will save enough energy to light New York city for 500,000 years. I’d personally like to check the math on that one.
Get double sided printers.
Some of these suggestions may not come into immediate effect, but we are going to try for some. Keep and eye out for recycling bins though, we have those on every floor.
And remember, please only print what you need. We go through a lot of paper every week.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and we green-minded folk here in the Library will be celebrating all week. Since this is our first year officially celebrating Earth Week, we thought we’d put up a few displays to encourage everyone to start thinking about how the Library could be more sustainable. So if you visit our building this week, be sure to take a look at:
1) Our 5’3″ stack of paper in the second floor computer lab, which represents the 45,000 sheets of paper our Library printers use up each week.
2) Our growing collection of recycled paper, showing how much paper is thrown into the recycling bin in the computer lab each week. While we’re glad that this paper is being recycled rather than just thrown away, we hope to impress upon all of our patrons just how much paper is wasted each week. Please only print when necessary!