The Faculty of Education is getting greener! The Academic Secretariat has been working on their goal of reducing their paper usage since April 2016 by monitoring their printing practices. The goal is to decrease printing by 20% from 2016 to 2017. However, the Secretariat has been saving so much paper that it now projects a 50% reduction in printing between January and August in 2017 compared to January to August in 2016!
According to Academic Administrator Joanne Chartrand, these outstanding improvements have been achieved by making simple changes, such as double-sided printing and saving certain documents electronically instead of printing hard copies, and by employing collaborative strategies. The office has a spreadsheet where each member can contribute ideas on how to further save paper and the specific objectives they hope to achieve. They then post these ideas on the tree mural they created to serve as a visual reminder of the importance of sustainability. Finally, they receive a monthly printing report to track their progress.
So far, the endeavour has been rewarding and exciting for staff: “It’s been an eye-opener to see how many opportunities my colleagues have found for saving paper,” said Chartrand. She says that, although the buy-in was a challenge initially, her teammates finally embraced the challenge and are now proud to consistently find new ways of saving paper.
The Faculty looks forward to seeing what sustainable options the Secretariat comes up with in the new year!