Wasteful Printing Wipeout

The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with MCSG, the Library, Student Affairs and ITS, is implementing a program to help balance those two realities. Log onto macalester.edu/print or use the new PaperCut pop-up to see how you’re doing.  

Have a question? Check out the 500 Sheets Balance FAQ or contact the Sustainability Office at .

Information Technology Services

Macalester College Information Technology Services maintains a list of ITS Sustainability initiatives.

DeWitt Wallace Library

At a library, one of the greatest challenges to sustainability is the use (or misuse) of paper. It is with this in mind that the library has worked to increase its sustainability in a variety of ways.

  • Library employees collect scratch paper for reuse
  • Overdue items and hold pick-ups notifications are no longer paper – they are sent electronically
  • Student workers are evaluated using online paperless forms
  • Junk paper is used for a number of internal documents and incoming CLIC holds
  • The old card catalogue cards are being reused as scratch paper
  • Working with ITS and MacCARES, the library undertakes the “Onesies Notebook” project
  • The library has also begun a direct mail waste initiative
  • We promote and maintain the Digital Commons electronic publishing archive.
  • Through thinning the Library’s collection and a collection bin at the Sustainability Office, unwanted books are sent to Better World Books, which is an organization promoting literacy initiatives worldwide.  Books unable to be accepted by BWB are sent to a recycling facility.
  • The library has also participated in other initiatives like disabling all public and staff printers for numerous hours during the work day.
  • The Library staff and Macalester’s Sustainability Office co-sponsored the event, dubbed “Waste Less Wednesday,” to call attention to the amount of printing that is done just in the library to support Recyclemania
  • The Library and ITS continue to provide guidelines for interested users on how to use electronic options for classroom and personal study needs in lieu of printing.
  • Library Director Terri Fishel and campus Sustainability Manager Suzanne Savanick Hansen have also hosted Lunch and Learns to encourage sustainable printing practices across campus.