ITS Document Services has found many ways to go “green,” from online ordering, implementing Documents-on-Demand, printing with environmentally friendly papers and inks, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, all the way to employing best practices for indoor air quality for its employees.
The online Document Production form has replaced the 3-part paper form. Documents-on-Demand allows customers to print only the quantities needed at that particular time, reducing large print runs which were often thrown out or revised long before they were depleted by use. Print on demand allows for a personalized message which helps customers target markets. Customers print only what is needed and used. This program has decreased the need to recycle printed materials on campus.
Ninety-seven percent of the paper used at Document Services is recycled paper. When virgin paper is required, FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) paper from sustainably harvested forests is used whenever possible. Inks are soy and vegetable-based which are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to the environment. Water-based inks are used addressing pieces for mail delivery. This improves the indoor air quality at the plant and reduces long-term effects on the environment.
Leading-edge digital equipment and processes optimize efficiency and minimize waste. The chemicals used in pre-press and press equipment are water-soluble, not petroleum or alcohol-based. Advanced plate-making technology reduces the need for developing chemicals and streamlines the workflow process by eliminating plate development steps.
“Green is not just the current craze here,” says Brian Thompson, Superintendent of Document Services. “Document Services has been going green for over thirteen years.” Document Services will continue to look for more ways to make their operations as “green” as possible.
See www.niu.edu/documentservices for more information about Document Services.