First Paperless University

May 12, 2009

Certainly, computers were supposed to change the world in a way that people use less paper, but according to a Xerox survey, the average office worker prints over 10,000 sheets annually.

Albeit, Anaheim University is doing their part as the “world’s first paperless university,” committed to becoming paperless in 2010. “We hope to set an example for our Online Green MBA and Sustainable Management Diploma and Certificate students to follow so that they can have a similar impact on the environment at their places of work,” said David Bracey, the university’s spokesperson. “It is not our goal to be the first paperless university. It is our goal to be one of many paperless universities and we hope by setting an example, many universities around the world will join us in becoming sustainable and socially responsible institutions that put people and planet before profit.

“Many of our processes are already digital, and we are now working with the publishers to convert all of our textbooks into e-books so that our entire curriculum can be downloaded and stored on the Sony Electronic Book Reader or the Amazon Kindle.”

They point out that the paper industry is one of the world’s major polluting industries, with over 900 trees cut per year.

Anaheim University signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), promising to become climate neutral.