Approximately 44 million tons (48%) of the paper generated in this country ends up in landfills.1 In 2014, the University of Michigan purchased 514,752 reams of paper, down from 621,360 reams in 2008. We can continue to reduce the paper used and its impact by following the best practices listed below.
View how many pages you printed this month and the impact of your printing on the environment by copying and pasting the link below into your web browser and inserting your uniqname at the end:
Ask yourself these questions before deciding to print:
Is this really my final copy?
Check it once more with Print Preview to make sure it looks right.
Can I read it another way?
Before printing something to read, consider other ways you could read it. You can print most document formats to .PDF files that can be read on a computer or mobile device.
Can I store it electronically?
Instead of filing important documents in paper files, store them electronically. Store your documents using M+Box or M+Google Drive to access the your files anywhere with an Internet connection—much more convenient than carrying around a filing cabinet. Be sure to check the Sensitive Data Guide to make sure your choice of storage is approved for your data.
There are tricks you can use to reduce the impact of printing on the environment:
Over 227 million sheets of paper are purchased by the University of Michigan annually. This is equivalent to cutting down nearly 2 times the amount of trees on campus every year.2
Decrease the amount of pages printed by using the tricks listed above.
The Paperless Project, Facts About Paper: The Impact of Consumption
The Economist, I'm a Lumberjack
The World Counts, Paper Comes from Trees...
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency