Printing Conservation Progress
Thanks to the Print Conservation program, as well as the concerted
efforts of our patrons to conserve
paper, we are making great strides to help Rutgers cut down on the waste
generated by unnecessary printing.
The following chart shows how much the PrintGreen program saved on
New Brunswick campus during its first six years (Fiscal Year 2008
to FY2013: July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2013).
To see similar charts showing how much the PrintGreen prorgam has saved
on the Camden campus during the past few years, even as enrollment
has increased, please click
The Computer Labs in New Brunswick have saved over 89,110,000
sheets of paper during the first six years of the PrintGreen
Conservation program (starting in the summer of 2007).
July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007 : 31,255,000 sheets printed
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008 : 21,983,132 sheets printed
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 : 15,078,701 sheets printed
July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 : 15,950,562 sheets printed
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 : 16,694,257 sheets printed
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 : 16,933,525 sheets printed
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 : 16,877,133 sheets printed
This savings is equivalent to about:
- 52% less paper, or
- 17,822 boxes of paper, or
- 7485 trees
for more tips on how to conserve paper at the labs.
As of August 1, 2008, a new printing policy is in effect to help Rutgers
cut down on the waste generated by unnecessary printing.
There will be no charge for
the first $30 of printing that each individual person releases
during every six month printing period (January-June; July-December).
The rates for printing are as follows:
- $.04 per sheet for black and white printing
- $.25 per sheet for color printing*
Please note that $30 at no charge is
- 750 sheets in black and white, OR
- 120 sheets in color, OR
- any combination thereof*
Remember, single-sided and double-sided sheets have the same
rates, so everyone is encouraged to always print
double-sided, which is the default setting on most lab computers.
* In Camden, individuals are charged
through their RU Express card for all color printouts -- i.e., color
printouts are not part of the first $30 at no charge.
Check Print Usage
You can check how much you have printed here:
Based on past printing statistics, this serves the
printing needs of most people, over 90% of whom print far fewer sheets
If you are one of the few individuals who need to go beyond $30 and are
not a guest, you can still continue to print.
For individuals affiliated with Rutgers New Brunswick or Rutgers
Camden, further charges would be deducted from your RU Express card. If
you need to add funds to your card, you can do so here:
For individuals affiliated with Rutgers Newark, further charges
would be deducted from your Raider Card. If you need to add funds to your
Raider Card, individuals can visit the Raider Card Office, Paul Robeson
Campus Center, Room 325, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Why was Printing Conservation Implemented?
Prior to Print Conservation, the liberal printing policy had
encouraged waste and contributed to the doubling of print copies.
That waste includes items such as the
- documents which printed incorrectly
- lost documents
- documents printed to the wrong printer
- incorrect versions of a document
- documents which printed in the incorrect orientation
This resulted in annual costs of nearly one-half
million dollars for paper, toner and printer replacements. Without
modifications to our policy, we anticipated that further increases in
printer utilization would have led to resource reductions in general
computing operations and diminished service in student campus computing
facilities. It is our commitment to reduce printer waste by making patrons
more aware of the global footprint even one sheet of paper has.
Additional information is available here.
Graduate Students & Special
We acknowledge that some graduate programs require larger preparation work
for their dissertations and theses, and others with selected special
circumstances might require more printing. OIT has collaborated
closely with certain programs, such as the Graduate School of New Brunswick,
to accommodate their students and we are prepared to work with other
departments as extraordinary needs arise. Individuals and departments
can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss such
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions about the printing software transition.
How To Conserve Paper
Paper conservation goes beyond simply printing in duplex mode. Other
common examples of how to conserve paper in the labs include:
printing multiple pages per side of a sheet, reducing margins,
reducing font size, and even submitting assignments electronically.
Common examples of how to conserve paper at the labs can be located here.
Commitment to Our Patrons
OIT continues to look at ways to improve printing at the computing labs. Feel free to ask consultants at the labs for other
ways you can save paper or to elaborate on the methods mentioned here.