Set goals for your paperless classroom

Printing Not too many people are going to cry because you killed nearly 9 trees in a year with printing from devices. If you look at the stats from what could be a biggish school then you have to look at what will create change. Nearly a million pages in a year is something people will notice. Over two and a half thousand pages in a day is something people will react to. Over three thousand kg of carbon produced in a year is something to be concerned about and if that would pay the cost of over two hundred thousand hours of lighting then it’s something which can be changed to represent some real cost savings. Add photocopying to this and a biggish school has cold, hard information  which will stimulate alternative behaviours for a greener planet and a pool of money which can be used for educational purposes. Our school had a drive to stop us using so much electricity at one stage. We were given regular updates about our use and we were given goals to aim for. It worked. People like a challenge. Multiply these printing figures by a thousand and those schools are killing nearly 9000 trees a year. The very things which absorb carbon emissions. These schools are producing over 30, 000 kg of C02. Look at the stats for your school. Aim at reducing the printing output and convert that into images and information which people will take notice of so they change their behaviour. Information like this would make very compelling infographics. Add the cost of the paper to the list and there are real financial savings to be had . That money could be used to buy educational materials which the school can see it bought by thinking about printing and creating a greener environment. If you do the carbon offset approach because you cannot change printing, where are you going to plant those 8 trees every year? If you talk in terms of a thousand schools, where are you going to plant the eight thousand trees? We can do better. We need the information to set our goals so we can act on it.

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