U of R best among Canadian universities when it comes to going green when printing

By Dale Johnson Posted: July 15, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Daniel Soto-López, an industrial systems engineering student, uses a photocopier in the Archer Library only occasionally.
Daniel Soto-López, an industrial systems engineering student, uses a photocopier in the Archer Library only occasionally. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina is tops in Canada when it comes to having sustainable and economical printing, copying, scanning and faxing.

The U of R won the Green Service award at the College and University Print Management Association of Canada (CUPMAC)’s annual conference in Waterloo, Ontario. There are 39 member institutions in the Association.

“To be recognized by your peers for being a leader in a specific discipline is a compliment in one of the highest forms,” says Ray Konecsni, Director of Customer Support Services at Information Services at the U of R.

The Print Optimization Project is saving money and saving the environment.

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There are fewer printers and photocopiers on campus than a few years ago - and less paper, ink and power is consumed.

Photo: U of R Photography

Since the project was launched in 2010, the number of printers and copiers on campus has been reduced from 1,196 to 675.

And by encouraging people to used double-sided printing, as well as printing less, the amount of paper used on campus is down 22 per cent during the same period.

And those reductions lead to other savings. For example, electrical consumption associated to printers is down 9.6 per cent, and C02 emissions related to printing are down by 27 per cent.

Since launching the Print Optimization 2 project in June 2015, the University has identified over $90,000 of annual cost savings.

In total, the Print Optimization Project means projected cost savings of $4.3 million over ten years – as well as savings to the environment.

Prior to Print Optimization, if you placed the paper consumed at the U of R in one year end to end, it would stretch 5,308 kilometres. Since Print Optimization, that distance has been reduced to 4,141 kilometres. That savings of 1,167 kilometres would be equivalent to paper end to end from Regina to Winnipeg – as well as from Regina to Calgary.