•!# Double Sided Print outs
'' Decrease the amount of paper wasted by printing out paper on one side. Printing out paper on one side saves money and paper.
2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
• Cost efficiency
• Lessen IES's carbon footprint
• Overall more sustainable - saves more trees as more and more are being consumed due to high demand for paper supplies
• Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard.
• Paper fiber can be recycled 5-7 times before they are too short to be recycled anymore!
• 17% of the world’s wood is used for paper making
• The U.S. is the world's leading producer of paper and paperboard, with over 500 mills in operation. Worldwide, there are approximately 10,000 paper and paperboard mills in operation.
2.1. SWOT Analysis
- saves IES money spent on paper
- paper can be utilized to fullest capability
Weaknesses- doesnt totally eliminate the usage of paper
- must buy a printer that has the capability of printing on both sides
- save usage of staples/ other appliances needed to assemble multiple pieces of paper
- preserves paper to fullest extent
- students may be lazy and don't feel like clicking on option to utilize double side print outs
2.2. Feedback loops
2 sides print outs
> less paper/ink used> less trees deforested --> less destruction to the environment
2 sided print outs
> less paper/ ink used > less energy used per print out
2.3. Potential Benefits
Cuts the costs of paper down, helps IES become a more sustainable program, reserves resources for IES (staples, paper, ink)
2.4. Potential Costs
None, other than the regular budget of paper.
Configure printer to print double sided
Currently, our printer at IES is double sided printing capable. Someone has already came and set up this capability and currently all of the pages are being printed out double sided. We just need to make sure that this action stays constant and that all students are utilizing this.
Create flyers to inform students how to print double sided/print more sustainably
A flyer will hang above computers that notifies students how to print double sided manually (in case the printer is not configured). Also, it will make the suggestion of how to print power point slides on one piece of paper, as well as the location of recycling bins in IES as well as the streets of Barcelona. These flyers will hang above the printers for all to see.
Control the amount of paper students can use for printing
Since it is quite easy to waste paper as of right now, It has been suggested that IES barcelona put a limit on how much paper they provide for each student for printing purposes. The way that they can control this issue is to give each student an alloted amount of paper upon arriving to BCN (perhaps one ream), and they will be able to do with this paper as they choose. By doing this, we can possible help control the amount of paper that is wasted by each student.
3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
'This action doesnt really incorporate the cradle to cradle design because the waste from one user isn't benefiting another.
3.2. Questions for the unified survey
How many sheets of paper do you print out at the IES printers a week? 0-5 (68.83%, 53 people), 10-15 (7.79%, 6 ppl), 15-20 (2.60%,2 ppl), 5-10 (19.48%, 15 ppl)
3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
The results indicate that a lot of people use a moderate amount of paper. The results of this survey isn't quite accurate as not all of the students in IES participated. If they did I would say that the majority would use 10 sheets a week as there are a lot of powerpoint slides and homework assignments to print out. This shows that this action must be continued as the utilization of paper is essential in its preservation.
This action doesn't really require any incentives for the students. It will provide them with less paper they have to worry about keeping track of and for IES it will help them save money. Every nickel here and there will help in the long run.
3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
Well mainly this action helps prevent the overuse of paper by limiting the paper used from the double sided print outs. This will help save money for IES as well as help IES become more sustainable. By saving more paper, more trees will be saved and the rate of trees being used will decrease. The SC deals with all matters that have to do with sustaining life in a way that can be utilized more efficiently for the future.
3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
Upon departure I will make sure with IES that all of the computers maintain the status of double sided printouts by stressing how eco friendly and cost efficient it is. It may not be a big thing but after a while it all will add up and IES will save money and resources consumed!
3.7. Document format
HTML Document type
3.8. Copyright license of your report
Attribution CC-- There may not be possible moderations to this action but if there are then by all means, anyone can make changes for a better alternative!
4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
March 28- Talk to IES staff to make sure computers are all programmed to print on both sides
March 29- Make sure that this action will persist as it will save them resources and money
April 10- monitor progress, ask staff if they notice a change in the amount of paper being consumed/ how often they have to fill up printer with paper
5. References & Links
PAPER FACTS – Paper University
6. Students involved in this action
! --DREW PERO- solo
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)