UW Paper Reduction Program
UW is striving to reduce our paper usage. Track our progress on the UW Sustainability Dashboard, or learn what you can do and share your efforts on this page. Also, read about UW Activities and Improvements that are reducing our impact nad conserving paper as part of the Two Years to Two Decades (2Y2D) Initiative.
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Profiles In Green
Check out best practices on paper reduction from members of the UW community.
Professional & Continuing Education
Suggestions for reducing your paper usage
- UW Scanning Requirements *NEW!
- Green Office resources for paper conservation
- Reduce Junk & Misaddressed Mail
Please Print Responsibly
Boise WDS - Boise Paper
Are you good at reducing paper use? Check out this fun video clip from Boise Paper about why you should print responsibly. Other Boise Paper videos here (UW Creative Communications uses Boise’s Aspen 100 recycled paper).
In 2009, the Washington State Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 2287, directing all state agencies, including the University, to purchase 100% recycled paper beginning on December 31, 2009. This legislation also required the UW to develop a plan by July 1, 2010 to reduce paper consumption by 30%.
A university-wide project team comprised of members of the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses developed the UW Paper Conservation Program to meet the following objectives:
- Transition to purchasing of 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper for copiers and printers.
- Increase recycling of all paper products at the University of Washington and 100% of all copy and print paper.
- Reduction paper consumption by 30% beginning July 1, 2010.
If you have ideas or best practices, contact us at email@example.com.
The Climate Action Plan calls for education and outreach programs for faculty staff and students in regard to using and purchasing of goods and printing and copying responsibly (Strategy 7.4.2), and outlines a purchasing policy for products made with post-consumer recycled content products (Strategy 7.4.3). The Paper Conservation Program supports these strategies.