The UT Libraries Green Team

helping to green the UT Libraries

Green Printing Tips from the Green Team

by Cindy F. - November 29th, 2010

Here are some green printing tips from PCL’s Information & Research Help Desk manager and Green Team member, Susanne:

Are you ever frustrated when printing Web sites that you waste paper and ink printing ads, empty space, and other junk? Here’s a tip from the Green Team that can help! Several free online editors allow you to select exactly the content you want to print from a Web page. Two such are options are PrintWhatYouLike and the Printliminator.

The Printliminator is a “bookmarklet” that you drag and drop in your bookmarks bar. When you find a page you want to print, just click the bookmark. Your cursor will now let you outline the main sections of the Web site using red boxes. Mouse over any section of the Web site you don’t want to print and click on it. That part of the site will be removed from your browser. Once you’re left with just the relevant information, hit the “send to printer” option in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

PrintWhatYouLike can be used via a bookmarklet or their Web site: http://www.printwhatyoulike.com. Similar to the Printliminator bookmarklet, you can add the PrintWhatYouLike icon to your Web browser to have easy access to its features. Or, to use the main Web site, type the url of the Web page you want to print in the “start here” box.

Regardless of how you access it, PrintWhatYouLike helps you highlight sections of a Web page and allows you to isolate, remove, widen, resize, or save the selection. In addition, you can save the finished product as a pdf. Once you’re done editing the selection, send your finished product to the printer via the options on the left-hand side of the page.

Next time you need to print a Web site, please consider these two programs. If you’re in PCL using a library desktop computer, you can add both of these bookmarklets to your browser without any issue. These easy online editors can help you print a little more “greenly.” Happy printing!

Single Stream Recycling would be Welcome

by Steve - November 11th, 2010

This is the second year for recycling plastic containers and aluminum cans inside of PCL. The students and others users of this library seem to have found our bins and are somewhat hip to how we sort the recyclable materials and what is trash. One problem we have encountered is that the City of Austin has moved from a similar recycling program that is now in place at UT (separating plastics 1 & 2, aluminum, paper) to a broader, single stream recycling. One of the main differences between the two is that the city recycles plastics 1-7, plus glass containers, and steel lids and cans, all in one bin. What we are finding in our clearly labeled plastic 1 & 2 bins, are plastics 1-7 and some glass coffee bottles with steel lids.

At the last UT-wide sustainability meeting, this topic came up and it was proposed that UT investigate the possibility of expanding our recycling program to include plastics 1-7, plus glass containers, all in one container or one stream.  Paper and cardboard would be placed in a separate container.

PCL Green Team History

by Steve - November 10th, 2010

PCL Green Team in action

It might be useful to describe a little of the history of the evolution of the Green Team in PCL, the main library. For years UT has recycled paper and cardboard, but only more recently, due to a student initiative, the Campus Environmental Center, has recycling of plastic and aluminum begun. In PCL, the cleaning staff empties the paper and trash bins, while twenty-four library staff volunteers empty our plastic and aluminum bins on a rotational basis.

The PCL Green Team began indoor recycling of plastic and aluminum in the summer of 2009, placing bins in a few staff areas for plastic containers numbers 1 and 2 and for aluminum cans. The bins were a success and we quickly added bins to other staff areas, and then began placing them in public areas throughout the building. By the end of the summer we had twenty-eight sets of bins on six floors. Each bin set has four containers, ones for plastic, aluminum, paper/cardboard and trash.

Big library = big recycling

by Michele - November 8th, 2010

For our inaugural post to the UT Libraries Green Team blog, we thought we should talk about big numbers.  PCL is the main library for a campus of about 50,000 students so our six floors are very busy. 

Over 1.5 million people came through our doors last year and, based on the contents of our recycling bins, it seems like they were all drinking soda or energy drinks.  That same year, we collected 421 bags of plastic and aluminum, diverting them from the landfill. 

We are looking forward to an even better year for 2010-2011.  We’ll be reporting our monthly statistics, as well as suggesting tips for greener library living, on this blog so stay tuned!

Recycling Bins