Sustainable Clark: Office of Sustainability

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Print double-sided & reduce paper by 50%! (Not to mention ink, energy, water, money...)

Sustainable Clark and ITS support double-sided printing to reduce campus paper use. As of  Nov.2012, all new installations of Clark-owned, ITS-managed printers will default to double-side printing. If your printer is still set to single-side, it's easy to change it from your Windows computer following these guidelines from ITS:

  • Select Printers / Devices and Printers from the Start Menu.
  • Right-click the printer for which you want to change, and then click Printer Properties.
  • On the General tab, click the Preferences… button.
  • In the new Window look under Paper/Output, Layout or Finishing tab (depending on your specific printer model) and select the 2-Sided Print or Print on Both Sides: option and click the OK button once for each open window.

There may be times that you need to print single sided, and you are still able to.  You can override the default printer settings for a specific document in three steps:

  • When you go to print, look for Printer Properties.
  • Select the Paper/Output, Layout or Finishing tab.
  • Then select the 1-Sided Print or Print on Single Side: option and click OK.

Re-use the back side of single-side printed paper!

Mistakes happen and you have to reprint, or maybe you are cleaning out old files with a lot of single-side prints. Use the blank back side for notes, ask Clark's Copy Shop to turn them into handy notepads, or run them through your printer when you must print something else single-sided.

Think before you ink! Can you use electronic media instead?

Why would you print an email? Sharing emails, files, documents, slides, meeting agendas, and academic course material - even publicizing events - is easier than ever. Clark supports a variety of electronic media-sharing applications (Cicada, ClarkYou, electronic classrooms, etc.) and more and more people use file-sharing applications to create and edit team-based documents. 

If you must print, ALWAYS preview it first so you don't waste paper and please consider black&white instead of color; even consider printing in draft mode to conserve ink and all the resources that go into producing it. ITS suggests more great tips here here.