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    Conserving the environment

    #ThinkBeforeYouPrint: Environmental impact of printing

    The University is committed to improving its own environmental performance in a wide variety of ways including the effective utilisation of printing and copying facilities.

    Paper is a versatile and renewable resource with many uses which the modern world couldn't do without.  However, the production of paper involves more than just felling trees.  It requires a large resource input in terms of energy, water and chemicals and produces large volumes of solid, liquid and gaseous waste, some of which is hazardous.

    Middlesex University is a digital environment and therefore we encourage our students and staff to think before they print.  Ask yourself the questions below and help us to reduce our carbon footprint.

    • Do I really need to print/copy or will a digital version suffice?

    • Have I securely backed-up my work - and, if so, is it still necessary to print out a copy?

    • Can I remove the need to photocopy by scanning instead, with the scanned document being sent to my email box?

    • Can I reduce the number of pages I need to print by changing the font size or reducing the margins?

    • Have I checked my work to ensure that I have the final copy incorporating all the amendments and following an automatic spell-check before printing it out?

    • Have I used the print preview option to ensure that my document fits onto the smallest number of pages that will be appropriate?

    • Could I reduce the number of pages I need by printing or copying two pages per sheet?

    • If I am only making small changes to a document, then am I sure that I am only reprinting the pages that have changed – not the whole document?

    • Can I use cloud services such as Dropbox to share documents with a group, rather than photocopy or print?

    • Am I saying "no" to printing PowerPoint presentations? PowerPoint files can be full of graphics, coloured backgrounds and very little text. Instead of printing, use it as a study opportunity to take notes—typing or writing—from the PowerPoint. By recording the information yourself, you become more familiar with the material

    PaperCut Client: your environmental dashboard

    You are now able to access PaperCut Client – an environmental dashboard allowing you to quickly and easily assess the impact of your printing usage on the environment, global warming and waste management.

    If you are using a university owned device you will be able to access the software through a widget installed on your desktop. If you bring your own device, you can download the software through KACE.

    A user guide has been produced to help you make the most out of this new software.

    The dashboard will show your individual balance as well as a breakdown of your environmental impact.

    Additionally to improve your environmental impact you will be able to access a wide range of new tools including Web Print, a driver-less printing service that allows users to print by uploading documents from a web browser.

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