After increased paper consumption on campus, a print monitoring program introduced last school year has been credited with cutting the amount of paper students use.
According to the new program PaperCut’s website, monitoring printing was projected to bring the college a 10 percent yearly reduction in paper consumption.
“We actually realized a 30 percent reduction and more,” Kandee Nelson, Pierce College Puyallup computer center technician, said.
Statistics provided by the college show paper consumption was rising in the 2008-09 school year then fell dramatically when PaperCut was introduced in a monitoring role in fall 2009.
“After the printing quotas were introduced, we have continuously realized greater than 30 percent reduction in paper usage by quarter,” Nelson said.
The initial decrease from the introduction of PaperCut in 2009 was 29 percent with winter quarter rising to 53 percent and spring quarter at 42 percent.
“Paper waste is almost nil in the computer center,” Nelson said.
Nelson said previously common practices such as print jobs being left at the printer, printing mistakes and frivolous printing are happening less and less.
“Part of that, I believe, is also accounted for in the way our student lab assistants are trained to help the students understand their quotas and the whole print management process,” Nelson said.
Students registered for credit classes are credited $8.50 worth of prints per quarter in a PaperCut account.
That’s about 170 one sided black-and-white printouts.
If students exceed their initial $8.50, they will be charged for each additional page printed at the rate of 5 cents for single sided black-and-white, 8 cents for a double sided black-and-white and 20 cents per color page.
Students can add additional money to their accounts at either the Puyallup or Ft. Steilacoom campuses libraries. A minimum purchase of 40 cents is required and cards are available in denominations of 40 cents, 80 cents and $1.20.
Any credit for printing that is left over at the end of the quarter will be lost and students will start each quarter with a new printing quota of $8.50.
Refund credit will only be given for printer malfunctions such as paper jams, smeared toner, garbled print and similar issues.
Account balances can be checked from any computer on campus and environmentally conscious students can log in to see information on what impact their printing has had on the environment.
“Our goal was to encourage responsible printing, discourage waste, and help control costs from an environmental as well as financially conscientious position,” Nelson said.
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