Printing & Paper


  • Under USNH's PrintSmart initiative, UNH is consolidating printing, faxing, copying and scanning onto EnergyStar® Multifunction Devices (MDFs), eliminating the need for many stand-alone printers, fax machines, and scanners. The program is also making sure the equipment being placed is “right-sized” for the actual volumes and types of copies/prints that a department makes: each new Xerox MFD (multifunction device) placed is based on the typical monthly volume of copies and prints. 
  • The PrintSmart program also encourages the elimination of printing on more expensive desk jet and laser printers, and migration of those prints over to the lower cost MFDs. The cost-per-copy of those types of printers is significantly higher than the new equipment. Shifting those prints saves money.
  • All MFDs arrive pre-configured with energy saving defaults – double-sided copies, black & white, most energy-efficient sleep modes, etc. – to further reduce waste.
  • UNH currently has approximately 104 EnergyStar® Multifunction Devices (MDFs) installed across campus. 
  • During the first year of the PrintSmart program in 2011-2012, the university saved more than $475,000. Through leveraging all of the campus copy volumes, the process greatly reduced the cost-per-copy for the entire campus. Other cost reduction strategies included having devices default to print double-sided copies, and copying in black and white rather than color. The MFDs are networked so that multiple offices can print to one device, eliminating the need for multiple desk-jet and laser printers, resulting in less expensive per-copy costs. What’s more, the new Energy-Star rated Xerox MFDs are more efficient than their predecessors. The savings are a combination of reductions in cost-per-copy, reduced energy use, and the purchase of paper and desk-jet and laser cartridges. The total savings for 2012 ($475,328) is almost double the initial estimates, and represents about a 36 percent savings over 2011.


Paperless & Recycled Paper

  • 100% recycled paper options are available through UNH Printing and USNH's vendor contract with OfficeMax Solutions.
  • The UNH Directory is printed in limited quantities, on paper that is 100% recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and using soy ink.
  • In 2009, USNH pay stubs went paperless. USNH employees receive an email message whenever they are paid via direct deposit instead of the paper notice they currently receive. Employees can also be able to access their pay stubs through WISE, the university’s self-service website. USNH estimates going paperless will save the system and its campuses 200,000 sheets of paper, the same number of envelops, and over $32,000 in paper, toner cartridge, and postage costs every year! Going paperless will also prevent the greenhouse gas emissions associated with delivering paper pay stubs.  
  • In 2010, the UNH undergraduate and graduate course catalogs went paperless and online.
  • Paper recycling is available in nearly all buildings on campus.