That is the age-old question, eh? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but was recently inspired to address this more directly in our schools by this post. A 14 year-old came up with an idea to cut costs at his school, which in his case, specifically related to ink and toner costs. Check out the statistic about toner costs vs. perfume!
We’re currently evaluating the amount of printing and copying that happens in our schools. The costs for this are astounding. The impact on the environment is definitely another consideration. As a school that utilizes Google Apps for Education, the numbers are surprising.
- Change settings so that users can only print to certain printers.
- Reduce the number of printers overall.
- Require that print jobs over 10 pages are sent to the copier instead.
- Draft a list of what not to print- email, personal items, anything from Google Drive. How do we monitor this?
- Educate teachers and students about how to print- selecting a printer, print settings, double-sided printing, color printing vs. black and white.
Some ideas to present this to our faculty, staff, and students:
- Host a contest to have others come up with creative ideas to reduce printing and copying.
- Read The Lorax to students, with this topic as one focus.
- Create an infographic for all to see, detailing our printing/copying costs, use, habits, and more to educate everyone about our culture.
- Encourage everyone to make a personal pledge about how they’re going to reduce printing and copying. Post the pledges on a Padlet, a Thinglink, or even on a public bulletin board in the school for all to see.
- Recognize those that model positive habits and behaviors in our school Google+ Community.
Other ideas? What have other schools done to change the culture? We don’t need to go totally paperless, but we do need to address our habits.