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Uni Kassel wants to reduce paper consumption

The University of Kassel wants to significantly reduce paper consumption in its libraries. From Monday, April 23, the user computers and printing and copying stations at the University Library's six locations will be set to double-sided printing and copying by default.

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In addition, stickers are to be affixed to the paper towel dispensers in toilets to encourage economical paper consumption. The stickers have already been put up in LEO on a trial basis. With these plans, two projects from the "Ecological Sustainability" ideas competition of the University of North Hesse are being implemented.

The conversion of the user computers and printing and copying stations in the University Library will begin on April 23 and is expected to be completed by April 27. Anyone who still wants to print or copy on one side can simply change the settings.

The "Ecological Sustainability" ideas competition took place last summer semester. Students David Thierer, Frederik Beer and Marcel Werner were awarded first prize in the "User Behavior" category. Their ideas are now being put into practice. Every year, around 15 million sheets of printer paper and 24 million sheets of towel paper are used at the university in North Hesse. The new projects are intended to reduce these consumption figures and thus sharpen the environmental profile of the University of Kassel.

The measure is part of the university's sustainability strategy. The aim is to develop all areas of the university into a sustainable organization. Numerous other projects at many locations contribute to the sustainability of the university: For example, construction work will soon begin on a photovoltaic system on a roof at the Wilhelmshöher Allee site.

Further information:

Nathalie Schnell
University of Kassel
Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection
Phone: +49 561 804-2519
Email: n.schnell[at]uni-kassel[dot]de