This is the sort of thing you want to applaud, even as you fear it’s going to go straight to the landfill:
In my school board, they’ve implemented a 75/5 paper reduction policy starting a year ago: we’re to decrease paper use by 75% within the next five (now four) years. Stats were run, and I tried to convince the keeper of the numbers to accidentally leak them — or, better, openly post them and warn that updated numbers will be posted quarterly. He already suggested that we limit printing to 600 pages/year, and there was an uproar. With stats in hand, he’s clarified that most people are doing that already, but a few — about 10 in 80 teachers — are way, way above those numbers. Unfortunately he’s not quite comfortable posting those names yet, but I think it’s the only thing that will work.
About ten years ago, we took what we thought were going to be steps toward the paperless office, and despite the use of “we” I mean to exclude myself, simply because I said up front that it was never going to happen. During that decade, paper usage declined hardly a whit, and when we finally got around to cleaning up the archives — well, you know those standard two-wheeled carts that seemingly every municipality in the nation uses for trash pickup? We sent forty-six of the damned things, crammed to within an inch or two of the top, to Shredders R Us.
Then again, naming names wouldn’t make any difference in that particular environment: everyone contributes to the problem, and short of sacking the entire staff and setting up again in Tierra del Fuego, this isn’t going to change anytime in my lifetime. Everyone else’s mileage, of course, may vary.