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Paper Reduction Program Saves Money & Resources

July 29, 2018, 2:59 PM HST
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Paper reduction program. Screen shot from video provided by Office of Enterprise Technology Services.

A six-month program piloted by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services has reduced paper use by 20%, which translates to a savings of one million sheets of printed paper.

The paper reduction program aligns with Gov. David Ige’s priorities for an effective, efficient and open government. One of his goals is to transform government into a paperless and digital process.

“Transforming from a paper-dependent culture to a digital environment improves public accessibility to government documents and increases transparency for our citizens,” said Gov. Ige. “Electronic documents make it easier to store and retrieve documents.”

There were nine state departments that participated in the limited scope pilot, which took place from January 2018 to June 2018. During the same period last year, more than four million sheets of paper were used.

“As we continue to reduce paper processes and transform government through digitalization, it encourages the adoption of new technology, while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our State,” said Todd Nacapuy, state chief information officer. “Paper reduction is beneficial for the environment as well as for our tax payers.”

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Just one of the ways paper use was reduced was transitioning departments into producing electronic reports instead of printing hard-copy documents. Additional paper reductions and cost savings are expected in the coming months as more departments eliminate many printed paper reports entirely and convert others to digital documents. In three years, the state is projected to save $500-thousand and 10 million sheets of printed paper.

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In his 2015 State of the State address, Gov. Ige pointed to the fact that the state goes through about one million pieces of paper a month—12 million pages each year—and committed to helping the state go paperless as a means of transforming the culture of government to embrace and accelerate change. As a State Senator, Ige led the charge for a paperless initiative in 2008, which reduced the Senate’s paper use by 6.7 million copies, a 60% reduction in the first year of the initiative.

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