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Printing volumes @ Stellenbosch University

From 2003 to 2006 network printing volumes at Stellenbosch University have increased tremendously. In 2003 only 350 000 pages were logged, in 2006 16 200 000 pages were logged!

Luckily it seems that these volumes have stabilised. During 2007 18.2 million pages were logged. Last year 17.6 million pages and during the first quarter of 2009 4.2 million pages were logged.

If these numbers do not make sense to you, go to a car while it’s engine is running. Put your hand behind the exhaust and feel the pressure of the gas against your hand. Hold your hand there for 5 minutes. And while you hold it, imagine the volume of gas pumped out of that engine if the car would run for a year.

The volume of printing at the university represents the volume of (greenhouse) gas (emissions) that 26 cars will pump into the atmosphere!

So next time you want to print something, think twice. Your printing affects your life in more than one way!

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2 Responses to “Printing volumes @ Stellenbosch University”

  1. Ralph Pina says:

    Van 350 000 tot 16 200 000 bladsye in 3 jaar? Kan dit waar wees?

  2. Le Roux says:

    Daar is ‘n verskeidenheid faktore wat hiertoe gely het.

    Die grootste na my mening is dat fotostaat koste duurder as drukkoste geword het.

    Ek het nie die fotostaat volumes nie, maar daar was ‘n duidelike afname in fotostate gedurende die tydperk.

    Die tweede faktor was die uitbreiding van WebCT. En dosente wat leermateriaal vir die studente daar geplaas het om uit te druk. ‘n Mens kan in die logs sien hoe dieselfde webct module deur hele klas uitgedruk word. Hierdie notas was voorheen afgerol en uitgedeel.

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