Salisbury University would like to encourage its students, faculty and staff to help with our efforts to minimize paper waste. We don't want people to stop printing, but we would like to try to minimize the amount that we do print.

In the 2013-2014 academic school year, SU students printed out 6,000,000 pages in our IT computer labs and the Blackwell library. Stacked, that pile of paper would reach 2100 feet high (taller than the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument combined!) and weighs over 30 tons. And a good deal of that paper is never used: either printed as multiple copies, never read, draft copies or are "extra pages," pages that were printed unintentionally.

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There are some small steps you can take to make a big difference in reducing printing waste. Here are some examples:

  • Print double-sided when possible. All of our IT labs are set up to print double-sided by default.
  • Print multiple slides on a single page in PowerPoint for both Mac and Windows.
  • Reduce your margins and font-size.
  • Use Print Preview and only print the pages you need, rather than printing the entire document or web page. Don't print out whole eBooks!
  • Proofread and spell-check before you print to minimize the number of times you have to print a document.
  • Do I really need to print this? In most cases, you can view, edit, even collaborate on documents online without having to print.
  • Minimize your printouts. Print only once and print only one copy.
  • Use PDFs to create electronic documents that can be viewed and read on multiple platforms.
  • Instead of printing a copy to take with you, email a copy to yourself, use a USB memory stick, or online cloud storage instead.

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