Bowling Green State University this week will begin to implement its Print Responsibly campaign that
President Carol Cartwright announced during her State of the University address last month.
The program is described as a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to handle everyday
printing and other tasks like copying, scanning and faxing.
The university will contract with a company with expertise in managed print services. When fully
implemented next year, BGSU will no longer purchase any non-specialized printers, copiers, fax machines
The campaign is projected to save about $1.5 million a year and reduce annual consumption of paper by up
to 40 percent.
University departments will not be responsible for purchasing toner or other materials, or maintenance
costs, but instead will simply pay a per-page price for printed or copied documents. This will also give
BGSU access to the latest technology.
Beginning Tuesday, the Print Responsibly team will be visiting offices and departments. The purpose of
these initial visits is to confirm the inventory of printers, copiers, and fax machines and scanners.
The inventory is expected to take about four weeks to complete. Other visits will follow to discuss
printing needs with the departments.
In November, ITS will begin a pilot program with several departments that have volunteered to be part of
the launch. University-wide implementation of the Print Responsibly program will likely begin next
A Web site to provide additional information about the program can be found at
Cartwright said there will likely be changes to the university’s approaches to printing but expects the
payoff for the program will be quite significant. She said savings will stay in the respective
She noted the university prints about 70 million pages per year. With Print Responsibly, Cartwright
expects to see a reduction in the amount of paper used of up to 40 percent or 28 million pages.