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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


Smith College, as an educational institution, uses a considerable amount of paper. A significant portion of this consumption, however, is unnecessary. This study focused on needless printing from computers. Based on the testimony of computer lab consultants, thousands of sheets of paper are wasted daily college-wide. Efforts to reduce paper usage at four other colleges were investigated. Smith College can adopt more sustainable paper use practices by installing computer printers with duplexing capabilities, charging for printing, educating students and staff about printing options, announcing events electronically, and purchasing copy paper with significant postconsumer content.


© 2003 Barbara Schulze