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Enabling more sustainable printing

29 October 2012

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As part of Information Services' support of the University's Sustainability Week 2012, the Directorate is launching a new 'hints and tips' web page to promote more sustainable methods of printing.

Chris Dickson, Information Services Environmental Compliance Officer, explains: "The new 'Tips for More Sustainable Printing' web page gives a range of ideas for everyone to reduce the environmental impact and monetary cost of their printing. We encourage everyone to take simple steps like these to help reduce the overall printing impact of the University."

The web page brings together all the key ways to make your printing more sustainable, such as using print preview to check the document before you print it, printing double-sided where possible, printing only the pages of the document that you need, and of course recycling paper and toner cartridges where you can rather than sending them to landfill.

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The new web page comes hot on the heels of the rollout of the new Multifunctional Printing and Photocopying devices (MFDs) in the libraries. The MFDs are set to print double-sided (duplex) by default, again making it much easier for people to reduce their use of paper.

"Print Smarter" is also one of the University's new Golden Rules to help protect the environment. The Golden Rules will also be promoted during Sustainability Week, again to raise awareness of the steps everyone can take to reduce their impact and that of the University overall.

The University is marking Sustainability Week between 29th October and 2nd November. The week features talks, workshops, exhibitions, and more to encourage the whole University community to play an active role in creating a more sustainable University.

Find out more about the University's recycling scheme

See the University's new Golden Rules to help protect the environment 

Take part in Sustainability Week

Read Information Services' Sustainability Hints and Tips

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