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Software for the future

One of my projects here at PaperCut is the Apple Mac development. (Yes. To all the Mac sites, I’m working on Leopard support right now!). I received this email from one of our US Mac sites and thought I’d share it with you. It also addresses one of my other pet projects – the environmental impact reporting feature.

The student response to PaperCut, the software that helps students account for their printing while also limiting printing is phenomenal! The 6th and 7th graders I have introduced to love the way it graphs the amount of trees they have used, the amount of carbon dioxide they have produced, and the electricity they have consumed in the printing process.

They are very excited that we have a program that is so forward thinking about our environment! Kids really are idealists! They want to do the right thing and now they have a way to self monitor! And they are even thinking of ways to use the data! Very exciting!

It’s great to see this enthusiasm. I never doubted the interest kids have on this topic, but it’s also great to see the older generation (i.e. the teachers 🙂 ) also share the same passions!

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  • The students at my University love this also. When explaining the new system to them at an all school meeting I received a round of applause when I told them you can track how much CO2 their printing has produced. I was shocked but so happy to know that the future is looking so much brighter.

    But that has brought up a good question, and one that I got about 100 times since we first started using papercut. How big is the tree? I’ve told people that it’s an average size pine tree, but people really want to know. How big is the tree referenced in the environmental impact?

  • Chris

    Hi Chris,

    The “size of a tree” and how many trees it takes to make paper is calculated using some statistics done by UCLA Berkeley a few years back. The information is referenced in the footer on the following page:

    I’m sure trees sizes vary around the world but this will be a good average. Also the aim to to make users “think before they print” in terms of the environment and not just their hip pocket or their print quota impact.

    Glad to see your users/students like the feature.



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