We go to class to get more knowledge. Let us drop some knowledge on you so you can be more sustainable in classrooms and labs!
Printing: We can't seem to get away from paper, so we better learn how to use it more sustainably.
- Don't print things you don't need! Email and dropbox what you can. Make sure you need all of those lecture slides or that entire 52-page article before printing anything.
- Use recycled content paper; ask your department to buy it.
- Refill your ink cartridges! Orange Tech in the Student Union can refill or exchange just about any printer ink cartridge. All refills are $9.99 for black and $14.99 for color.
- Print in black and white. If you're printing on campus you usually don't have a choice, so you might as well get used to it, right?
- Print in low-quality, draft, or every-day printing as much as possible.
- Double-side your print jobs like so.
- Print lecture slides 6 to a page like so. Delete the background of the slides for better visibility and to use less ink.
- Save printed paper for scratch paper. Recycle any paper you cannot re-use.
Writing: This is for those of us who prefer a pen or pencil on paper, or cannot seem to stay off of Facebook when working on a computer.
- Use a refillable notebook with recycled content paper instead of a spiral notebook.
- If you insist on a spiral notebook, get one with recycled content.
- Take notes on both sides of the paper. Try writing smaller while you're at it. Some people write faster and more legibly that way.
- Think about the pen or pencil you use. How long is it going to last? Is it refillable? Is it recyclable?
Computering: It's a word now, okay? Yes, you will save paper and ink by using your computer or tablet instead of printing or writing, but don't think for a minute that you can't do more.