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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.

  • Turn it off when you're not using it.
  • Use power saving options on Macs, PCs, and tablets.
  • Extend the life of your computer, upgrade it so you don't need a new one, use it as a back up, sell it, or donate it.
  • When you get rid of an old computer not worth upgrading, donating, or selling, recycle it.