April 29 is the 150th year of celebrating trees on Arbor Day 2022. Arbor is the Latin word for tree. Arbor Day was first proposed as a tree planting holiday in Nebraska on January 4, 1872, by J. Sterling Morton. Morton served as Secretary of Nebraska and eventually became the United States Secretary of Agriculture. He had a love of nature and understood the importance of trees as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel, building material and shade from the sun. Nebraska was a mostly tree-less state at the time. The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, and over one million trees were planted. The idea of observing such a holiday spread to other states later in the 1870s. States today most commonly observe the National Arbor Day holiday on the last Friday in April.
In celebration of trees and Arbor Day let me remind you of a wonderful tool that will help you print and use paper more efficiently and maybe save a tree or two along the way. The tool is the Xerox Print Awareness Tool which is a personal desktop interface that will help you and your co-workers improve your print behavior. Everyone can have their own dashboard that will help you see your print usage, compare your usage to goals and offer sustainability tips and suggestions on how to improve your print efficiency.
Please look at the following video that explains this great tool better than I can.
As you saw in the video the Xerox Print Awareness Tool gives you real-time information on how your print behavior will impact your company financially. As well as how your print behavior will impact the environment. The tool uses gamification techniques to engage users and encourage users to change their printing behavior to support environmental sustainability efforts and cost cutting efforts. Results have shown that the tool cuts print volumes by 20% and increases duplex or two-sided printing by 60%. Cha-ching!!
Should you use the tool? Consider using the Xerox Print Awareness Tool if you want to:
- Make better printing choices
- See how much you are saving each month on your personal desktop dashboard
- Learn new methods to improve print efficiencies
- Improve operational costs and productivity
Not ready to commit to the Xerox Print Awareness tool? Check out the Eco-friendly Printing website for small changes you can make to the print driver. These small changes will lessen your office’s impact on the environment and save the trees!! Please enjoy your Arbor Day 2022 and do your part to save a tree or plant a new one.