Printing and Sustainability
On April 21, 2014, Digital Media Services introduced “LUclean,” a program focused on increasing sustainable practices within four main areas: lab printing, workstation cleaning, energy usage and recycling (both paper and electronics). Over a two month planning period, including trials of several “green” products, ITS introduced improved services emphasizing sustainable practices. Participant feedback (N=70) during the pilot indicated that:
- 70% of respondents indicated that they were printing documents that were required by their instructors;
- 98% of respondents would like to see all printers at Loyola using 100% recycled paper and soy-based toner;
- 95% of respondents would use a LUclean converted printer for their next print job; and
- On a Likert scale of 1 (significantly worse than other printers) - 10 (significantly better than other printers), 90% of respondents indicated that the quality of the soy and 100% recycled paper print job was an 8 or higher.
- 93% would recycle their document after they completed their use and correlated with 93% who would consider other sustainable efforts.
These improvements and reinforcements aid in reducing our ITS environmental footprint and support the overall sustainable initiatives of the University.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, Loyola students, faculty and staff printed over 1.8 million pages on Loyola's lab printers. While ITS has taken other strategic steps in the past, such as enabling duplex printing by default on all lab printers, we identified that there was more that could be done to improve our sustainability footprint.
Our first step involved the conversion of our printers from using traditional toner cartridges and 0% recycled paper to a soy based toner and 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Our soy-based toner, sourced from SoyPrint, replaces traditional petroleum-based toner and is produced and distributed in the USA using soy byproducts.
Based on the projected printing volumes, ITS' sustainable printing initiative projects that Loyola will save 224 trees, 187 pounds of heavy plastic from going to landfills from printer cartridges and will prevent 65 gallons of petroleum from being burned to create the toner used for printing.
We encourage responsible printing in our lab locations through the use sustainable resources.
LUClean and Sustainability FAQ
Be sure to look for our sustainable printers, designated by the following sign(s):
This signage ensures that students, faculty and staff are able to make sustainable choices when they need to print on campus. Currently, we have implemented LUclean at all black and white printers in the Information Commons and Cudahy Library. All lab printers will be converted during the Summer 2014 sessions.
No, there are no additional costs beyond our standard printing costs to participate in the volunteer pilot.
Each of our sustainable printers are supplied with 100% post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based toner.
It takes about 2 liters of oil to make the one pound of toner powder required for each oil-based cartridge. Using recycled cartridges saves three (3) pounds of heavy plastic from landfills by recycling the cartridges after their use. Also, paper printed with soy-based toner is easier to recycle and reuse.
Our soy-based toner, sourced from SoyPrint, replaces traditional petroleum-based toner and is produced and distributed in the USA using soy byproducts.