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Drew's continued action

 
•!# Double Sided Print outs

1. What

'' 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

Strengths


- cost efficiency

- saves IES money spent on paper

- paper can be utilized to fullest capability

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Weaknesses
- doesnt totally eliminate the usage of paper

 - must buy a printer that has the capability of printing on both sides    
Opportunities

- save usage of staples/ other appliances needed to assemble multiple pieces of paper

 - eco friendly- saves trees

- preserves paper to fullest extent

Threats


- lack of knowledge by students in knowing how to do double side prints

- 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.  

 

3. How

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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.

3.4. Incentives

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
http://www.tappi.org/paperu/all_about_paper/faq.htm

 

6. Students involved in this action

 

! --DREW PERO- solo

 

 

 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Items found: 17
Grade per actionReviewer Comments
84 Brian McNevinIES already does it.
86 carlafI thought IES was already handling this situation properly with the recycled paper and printing things double sided. I agree that is important to make sure IES continues to do this. I agree with everyone else - maybe only allowing students to print a certain amount each day is a way of improving sustainability here at IES.
84 CFaheyIES already does this but another option is having IES limit what students can print. I have also seen many people print out long articles as well as powerpoints with only one slide per side which is completely unecessary. Im not sure if there are printer settings that can limit this but signs saying no more than x amount of pages could deter some students.
81 gnardiThis action is smart but I agree with m.bernstein that it would be really hard to regulate each students usage. One thing I can think of is maybe having to put in your student ID/password in order to print, that way the computers could monitor the students individually. I agree though that too much paper goes to waste each day.
98 jschayeI think this really is a cradle to cradle design because you are turning trash into food (metaphorically). This would work out for that perfectly, you should add that!
92 Julia NuttI think that this is really important. Every time I have printed at IES mine has printed on both sides. I definitely think it is something that needs to continue because it definitely saves paper and reduces the amount of waste IES goes through.
78 Kmacdonald4I think IES already does this but its a great action for them to continue with. Also, at my home university students are charged a very low cost for each page printed.. IES could consider implementing a payment plan for printing as a way to encourage students to only print out the really important information they need in paper
79 m.bernsteinthe idea of limiting students to a certain amount of paper is smart. However, that would probably be really hard to do seeing there are 400+ students in the program and that would consume a lot of time to regulate each student. This action is smart though
81 MarthaMayI like Gnardi's idea of having students log in with their student ID and password in order to print AND only allowing students so many pages per week!
83 MbowermanIES should definitely continue this action.
91 obiajuluThis is a good idea because its simple and easy to implement.
96 Sarah ColeGood idea-will definately improve sustainability but IES already offers double sided papers. However, I agree that way too much paper gets wasted everyday still.
88 seantubridyIES already prints both sides. However, i see students printing off 20 or 30 sheets at a time. This needs to be controlled in some way. Your idea to limit the amount of paper each student can use is the way to do this. We do it at my home school, and it makes students more conscious about how much paper they use
93 SolomonBPIES already has double printing brotha, but there are actions you could do to help raise awareness towards printing responsibly.
84 steph.eastlakeI agree with Brian that IES printers that I have used do print double sided. However, I do not know if every printer is like this. If there are more to fix then I think this is a very good thing to implement to improve sustainability. You could add to this action that students have a limited number of paper that they can use so they will be smarter about wasting paper.
73 vsienkieIES already does this. And, instead of limiting the amount of paper a student can print, maybe you could petition IES to not let students print out articles because I have seen a 50page article being printed and no one claimed it, a huge waste of paper and ink.
82 vydraLike the others said, I'm pretty sure IES already does this. But I think it is a great idea to ensure that this action taken by IES is continued in the future in order to increase the future sustainability of IES.


 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

Items found: 2
1.18 Drew's continued action Good Good idea (but isn't that already happening from most (if not all) computers on IES by default since Fall 2010? Good election, a priori, of copyright license Improvable 1.1. "Decrease the amount of paper wasted by printing out paper on one side. Printing out paper on one side saves money and paper." The previous two sentences doesn't fit very well. Do you understand the meaning of the second sentence? (please, rewrite in whichever direction to intended to write). 1.2. Expand those topics. This is one of the most important sections of the paper, and follow the suggestions/guidelines. "Cost efficiency". A double sided printer is much more expensive (at least, initially) than a one side printer. How long is needed to be profitable in terms of money, due to the saved paper? "• Paper fiber can be recycled 5-7 times before they are too short to be recycled anymore!" Cite your source of information (and provide full details for that source at the references section) "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." Therefore, what? We are in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe, and not in USA. (Remember LOIS businesses and SLEN; bringing paper from USA is against that). 2.1. SWOT. Threats. Improve. IES Abroad computers have default to double sided printers. Identify who is the target population, and what is needed for the goal of this action to be achieved... 2.2. Feedback loops. None of those are feedback loops. 2.4. Potential costs. Yes, maintenance use to be higher on double sided printers. And when a new printer is needed, it's much more expensive: when do economic benefits compensate the costs? 3. How: "Configure printer to print double sided. Currently, our printer at IES is double sided printing capable. " Wrong interpretation. The printers were double sided capable (read the feedback I provided to the last semester when this action was "designed"). But they were not properly configured to print double sided by default. That was the problem. And to fix it, a technician was needed (or providing access to someone who knew how to configure the printers appropriately; there were a few people already in IES Abroad Barcelona). "We just need to make sure that this action stays constant and that all students are utilizing this." How are you going to do that? "Create flyers to inform students how to print double sided/print more sustainably" Where are they? Why not reusing (or extending/improving, if needed) the ones created in previous semesters? And what's the problem with the din-a4 posters already hanged on the walls since many month ago? "Control the amount of paper students can use for printing" What have you done to move this action forward? What is the problem to implement this measure, if any? (why it hasn't been implemented yet?) Find out, discuss, improve. 3.1., 3.4 "'This action doesnt really incorporate the cradle to cradle design because the waste from one user isn't benefiting another." you could apply this principle... flyers, design, single side paper in the paper recycling bins, ... Incentives for rescuing those sheets of paper?... 3.3. See 2011a General comments 3.5. If no explicit relationship is designed, say so. But consider using the ecoeuro incentive system (from the SC), for instance, to get students help reduce the single sided paper thrown away in paper bins?... 3.6. "Upon departure I will make sure with IES that all of the computers maintain the status of double sided printouts". I'm afraid that this will be kept or not regardless of your intention, specially, if you didn't identify why this action was not implemented earlier, or that nothing is needed once the computer image used to install software on the computers is already created. 3.8. CC-by allows that someone makes a change, and the modified version can't be edited freely anymore. Are you sure that you want to allow this? cc-by-sa prevents this potential issue, and ensures that all modified versions will remain free/libre. Presentation: "• 17% of the world’s wood is used for paper making" the use of text headings (font style) in your report is not properly applied. Use heading styles (1st level, 2nd level, etc.) for titles of sections and subsections, not to point out a sentence (use bold for that, for instance) 4. Adapt time sheet so that students from next semesters know what to do, if they have to do something. Moreover, see 2011a General comments on this section. 5. References: cite actions from previous semesters, as well as (if needed), to the documents created years ago by IES Abroad Barcelona explaining students how to configure they own computers to print both sides with IES Abroad Barcelona printers, and other appropriate documents. See 2011a General comments also on this section.
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