Reduced printing impressions

The above figures were calculated using a graph made by the Office of Sustainability.

The Office of Sustainability and Canon Solutions America released a report that shows reduced print impressions in faculty, staff and student printing since 2017.

Canon Solutions America, which has supplied print services to Creighton since 2016, partnered with the sustainability office on a campaign that aligned with the president’s sustainability initiatives, said Jason Johnson, Canon Solution America’s program manager for the Creighton account.

“Printing can be so impactful to the environment,” Johnson said. “The amount of waste that you see is incredible.”

A software system called Site Audit monitors the printers and collects data. One impression is one printed side of a piece of paper. A double-sided sheet would be two impressions.

Since 2017, faculty and staff impressions have decreased from 13,261,000 to 11,692,000, according to the Sustainability Office, which is a decrease of 11.83%.

“This campaign has greatly impacted the faculty and staff, as they are the largest printing group,” Johnson said. “They probably are realizing the benefit of keeping everything digital and not printing out superfluous documents.”

Between 2017 and 2018, student printing impressions reduced from 1,496,000 to 1,485,000, then went back up to 1,494,000 in 2019, according to the sustainability office. This is a total reduction of about 0.13%.

“Historically, the student numbers are very consistent, and they only print what they really need,” Johnson said. “They are taking steps to reduce, but they can probably only reduce by a small margin.”

Johnson has worked individually with the education department, the Creighton EDGE, the business office, the John P. Fahey Career Center and IT to reduce their printing impressions.

The IT department was challenged to reduce their impressions by 20% from 2018 to 2019, and they succeeded, Johnson said.

The IT department then increased their secure printing percent from 14% to 32% in 2020, which allows faculty to review the document before it is sent, reducing mistakes and multiple printing jobs. It also is a more secure way to print sensitive documents.

The Career Center committed to the sustainability campaign with the help of Tricia Sharrar, vice provost for academic administration and partnerships, with a goal of reducing printing and copying impressions.

“The majority of the Career Center’s resources for students are all available online through our website, and we have done a better job of being mindful of what we print hard copies [of] for students to be better stewards of resources,” said Jeremy Fisher, director of the Career Center.

The Career Center was able to decrease their printing and copying by more than 3,500 impressions from 2018 to 2019, Fisher said.

“Everyone on the Career Center staff thinks about how we can always be more efficient, effective, deliberate, etc. with our resources and services, and we all care about doing our part to do whatever we can to help the environment,” Fisher said.

“Bottom-line, it helps the university and our department, and it feels good to make a positive impact.”

The release of this report came just as the University announced the new director of sustainability.

Nicholas McCreary, former sustainability director at Indiana State University, will begin at Creighton on March 16.

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