How to Save Paper in the Office


Monday, May 24, 2010


Wednesday, May 12th: Finished plan after multiple change of subjects due to me giving up topics to fellow classmates. General topic researching, gathering information in the bio computer lab.
Thursday, May 13th: Start on powerpoint project, general who what when where why studies in the bio computer lab.
Friday, May 14th: Switch from powerpoint to blog posting. Work on my first bog in the library, research more on the Internet.
Monday, May 17th: Finish first blog, look for videos to post on the blog via Internet in the library.
Tuesday, May 18th: Blog some more, looking for videos and possible off campus contacts in the library via Internet.
Wednesday, May 19th: Blog some more, start planning some poster messages and more off campus contact searching.
Thursday, May 20th: Buy poster board and contact my resources.
Friday, May 21st: Look for interviewee and finishing touches

Us, Compared to other Schools

Albuquerque Academy is one of the premiere prep schools in New Mexico. We are very Eco-sensitive with our Japanese garden, solar energy, composting and recycling food and products. We should always try to better ourselves and reach for the next level when it comes to saving the ecosystem and staying green and I think we can do it through paper conservation. Here are some local figures:

-from 8-1-2009 to 5-20-2010 there were 203,542 copies made for the Science Department
-from 5-21-2009 to 5-20-2010 there were 212,092 copies made for the Science Department

Now imagine if we multiplied that by 5 ( Science, Math, History, Language, and English). That would be the estimated amount of paper copied on campus, which is a shocking number that we can easily reduce. Despite us taking more initiative than APS, there are still some institutes we can use as an example, like Rutgers University, who drastically changed their recycling habits in two years. Priscilla Hayes, a woman who attended Academy's sister school, Sandia Prep, manages paper conservation on campus. She can be contacted at

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Better our Recycling.

  • Dispose paper in the correct bins.

  • Almost all paper products are recyclable

  • Paper towels, tissue, pressed cardboard, plastic and wax-coated paper should not be in recycle bins

Double side your documents.

Reuse envelopes like two-way envelopes

Route or circulate memos, or pieces of information instead of making hard copies.

Use narrow ruled notebook paper.

Print out drafts and any nonofficial documents on used paper.

Donate old or used magazines or journals to clinics and libraries.

Office and Technological Reduction

Stay conscious when printing documents. Do NOT print everything you see.
  • If you access information on the computer that you may need to print, write the information down.
  • Save or download the information on you PDA or handheld device.

Use emails to contact one another and deliver information.

Save important emails instead of printing them.

Reuse paper that has already been used on one side, do not use the printer or printing paper.

Reduce image size or font size when printing or copying.

Edit and proof read all of your documents as much as possible before printing

Put as many slides on one sheet of paper when printing PowerPoint slides.

When printing documents off the Internet use the PDF (Portable Document Format) if available. This method saves more paper and is printer friendly.

Store files on floppy disks, hard drives, CD-R's, Cd's, CD-RW's

Friday, May 21, 2010


US Paper and Paperboard Production, 2000

Every year, about 90 million tons of paper are consumed in the United States. Thats about 700 pounds of paper per person.

For worldwide industrial uses, every purpose besides fuel wood, 42% of harvest wood goes to paper paper reduction. Of that 42%, about two thirds of the wood is harvested specifically for pulp. The other third comes from mill residue like sawdust leftovers and wood scraps.

87% of the world's printing and writing paper is consumed by industrialized nations with 20% of the world's population.

The global production in paper, pulp and publishing sector is said to be expected to increase by 77% from 1995 to 2020.

The single largest water consumer in industrial activities in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) is the pulp and paper industry. The pulp and paper industry is the third greatest industrial green house gas emitter, after the chemical and steel industries

From the world's paper supply, about 71% of the paper is not made from timber harvested at tree farms but instead from a forest harvested timber. These forest have regional economical and environmental value, making a diverse habitat for its inhabitants.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Who,What, Where, Why

What? Incomprehensible amounts of paper are being made all around the world. Paper products in general, specifically printing paper and copy paper are the focus. Everything that we use to print documents or write on. These products are carelessly being used not even to its full potential. There are numerous techniques and methods to improve our consumption rate.

Who? As a community, we students and faculty members should try our best to reduce our paper consumption. It is our responsibility to save paper in order to save trees, money, and can better the ecosystems around the world. If each and every one of us takes the initiative and makes it our goal to save paper the community as a whole will save paper in no time.

Why? Clicking the Print button is easy. We really don't think of how wasteful it can be sometime because its so simple. We don't think of the forest worldwide getting chopped down, we don't think of the harmful chemicals released into the air. Printing paper and writing in landfills could have been recycled up to a dozen more times, saving trees, water, energy and reducing pollution.
Excessive build up on landfills are because of paper, 40%-50%.

Where? Our focus is the Albuquerque Academy campus, specifically making an impact on each division, the 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. We can possibly make an impact on each department as well, Mathematics, Language, Science, History and English. These two tactics are two effective ways of mapping out or paper reduction around campus.