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1 The Cost of Printing vs. iPads: A Paperless Student Union at the University of British Columbia Justin Ritchie, Sustainability Coordinator Elin Tayyar, VP Finance Alma Mater Society, University of British Columbia

2 Campus Profile of UBC + AMS Breakdown Located in Vancouver, BC 47,000 students, 16,000 residents, 10,000 staff The Alma Mater Society is the student union at UBC Has an annual budget of over $25,000,000 and over 500 employees Managed through 5 elected student executives and oversight provided by a 40 person elected student council Biggest student union in Canada UBC Campus Student Union Building We have over 14 businesses that generate $9 million in revenue Lowest student fees in Canada

3 Unites campus operations with academics Builds collaborative partnerships between staff, faculty and students Develops accredited campus sustainability projects 700 reports, 4000 participants UBC SEEDS PROGRAM 1 st Campus Garden REAL IMPACTS: first local organic apple in residences, UBC Farm dishes, biodegradable ware, Furniture Reuse Program, organic weed control, worm bins, reusable container program & more!

4 To learn more about UBC SEEDS Program: Liska Richer Coordinator, UBC SEEDS Program, Campus Sustainability Campus + Community Planning, University of British Columbia Tel: Web: sustain.ubc.ca

5 Problem Statement Project question to Chemical Engineering course: AMS, as an organization, goes through a lot of paper. Would providing tablets for all full-time employees and eliminating printing be a more sustainable alternative? ?

6 AMS Paper usage Over 60 permanent AMS full-time staff Over 240,000 sheets of paper a year Total mass of paper = 1,089.6kg 14 printers Assumptions: iPads would reduce paper usage by 2/3 (reduce by 160,000 sheets/yr) 2 printers would still be kept.

7 Battery Replacement = New iPad. Cost of battery replacement plan is $134.14/iPad. Total cost of new batteries = $8, full charge/discharge cycles to retain 80% of original capacity. 10 hrs of life per charge Total of 10,000 hrs of life Batteries useful for 5 years to AMS staff. iPad life = a 10 year time frame iPad Battery Life

8 iPad 1iPad 2 IPad Cost$ (tax incl)$ (tax incl) Battery Replacement$ (tax incl) Total Cost for 10 years$32,205.2$42,925.2 Cost of iPad

9 iPad Environmental Impact Assessment Energy Impacts: British Columbia uses 98% hydro- electricity, which has a negligible variable environmental impact. Difference between the two alternatives are small: 12 printers (to be removed) iPads Energy usage over 10 years 3600 kw.hr4200 kw.hr

10 Impact Category Unit Paper (Over 10 years) iPad Global Warming Potential Tonnes CO 2 eq. Lower Bound 6.8 Upper Bound 67.5 Lower Bound 4.68 Upper Bound 15.6 Acidificationkg SO 2 eq Particulate Matterkg PM eq Ozone Depletionmg CFC-11 eq.832.0negligible Eutrophicationkg N eq.24.8negligible iPad Environmental Impact Assessment 1- via tear down analysis input to MeeUP 2- Apple Environmental report 2010

11 Paper Reduction Savings Assume: 1/3 paper will still be printed Including tax, cost of paper = $48.82/box With these assumptions: Annual paper use savings = $1, year savings = $15,624.40

12 Printer and Toner Savings 10 small printers, 4 large printers With the institution of iPads, only two of the larger printers would be kept. Cost of toner & lease per small printer = $50/month/printer 10 year savings = $72,000 Energy savings not included (small value) 10 year printing savings = $87,624.40

13 Challenges Difficulties in implementing anything, IT department small, tablet compatibility issues, more experienced staff are more resistant to change Steps taken: To reduce paper use before purchasing a first round of iPads, we held several meetings with our staff to discuss ways to reduce paper use Engaged the full time staff throughout the process. Staff are much more conscious of printing.

14 Next Steps and Core Value Questions Several staff are currently using iPads Integrating it into our IT systems; staff are gradually getting used to iPads New Centre for Interactive Research for Sustainability building experimenting with iPads, and using cloud computing. Environmental/climate control through their iPads. We are currently building a new 255,000 sqft LEED Platinum student centre, the most sustainable Student Union Building in the world Most upgrades and changes are pending the completion of the building.

15 Other AMS Projects New Student Union Building Award-winning community consultation process Most sustainable Student Union Building in the world Fully functional roof-top garden LEED Platinum/Living Building Challenge Micro-Brewery Will be in the new SUB. Will be getting most ingredients from the 24 hectare Farm located on the UBC Campus First student owned and operated micro-brewery


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