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Net-Print Saves Paper and Trees Two Ways

by Liz Field, IT Communications, with contributions from CIT staff Al Heiman and the Net-Print team.

The new Net-Print system, which launched January 10, promises to save at least a ton of paper during the spring semester, thanks to new ID card readers at 69 campus printers.

Net-Print is a CIT printing service offered across the Ithaca campus as well as at Cornell in Washington, New York City and Rome, Italy, enabling students to print from their own laptops and lab computers to more than 200 printers in 50 buildings.

In January, CIT added PaperCut MF software to Net-Print in order to add new features, such as Find Me queues. At many locations, users of Net-Print can use two Find Me queues called “campus-bw” and “campus-color” instead of selecting individual printers by name. Jobs printed to these new queues can be released at any of the color or black and white printers with ID card readers.

The ID card readers significantly reduce the number of abandoned print jobs because the person printing must be in front of the printer to release the job. Jobs not released within two hours are canceled automatically. The new ID card readers also increase security and reduce the possibility that one person will inadvertently pick up a print-out belonging to someone else.

To find out how much paper was saved, we compared the number of sheets of paper printed using the new, enhanced Net-Print system to the number printed during the same period last year. The number of print jobs varies little from year to year. In the first three months of 2016, there were 1.4 million sheets of paper printed using Net-Print, and in the first three months of 2017, 1.2 million, a difference of 176,686 sheets.

These 176,686 sheets make up 353 reams or 35 large boxes each weighing 50 pounds, for a total weight of 1,757 pounds. By the end of the spring semester, the campus paper savings are likely to exceed a ton (2,000 pounds) of paper.

What about the trees?

While we were looking at the numbers above, we took into account the fact that the CIT computer labs have been using 100% post-consumer recycled paper since 2002. Other busy printing locations using 100% post-consumer recycled paper include Mann, Olin, Kroch, and Uris libraries. Forty-six percent of all Net-Print jobs print on 100% post-consumer recycled paper today.

According to the website Conservatree, it takes one tree to make 8,333 sheets of virgin printer paper. Use of recycled paper for 46 percent of 1.2 million printed sheets of paper saved 67 trees during the first three months of 2017. 

We would like to encourage all departments using Net-Print to consider adding ID card readers in order to save paper.

For more information, please contact the Net-Print team at it.cornell.edu/net-print

Conservatree: conservatree.org/learn/EnviroIssues/TreeStats.shtml

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