Yale Unveils 'Green' Campus Printing Program
To satisfy the printing needs of Yale University students, Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS) has unveiled a unified network of printers across the Yale campus called BluePrint, replacing older printing equipment with more robust multi-function devices and adding new software to reduce paper waste. More than 65 new machines reside in print clusters around campus, where students can easily access them.
The new software, called Papercut, will reduce paper waste and is part of YPPS’s sustainability effort, which also involves using FSC-certified paper and Energy Star-rated equipment.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of YPPS, the service is currently running a promotion where users can print color pages at a reduced cost of 25 cents per page, down from the usual cost of 30 cents.
The launch of BluePrint comes several months after a for-profit printing company (“Wireless Everywhere. Print Anywhere” or WEPA) installed kiosks around campus in many of the printing clusters. WEPA offers cloud-based printing, allowing students to print from their personal devices. Jeffrey Gworek, director of YPPS services, acknowledges that WEPA is competing with BluePrint, but stresses that BluePrint has placed more emphasis on being “green” while WEPA operates for profit.