In a move that could save tens of thousands of dollars, Harvard University no longer will print out its course catalog or student and faculty handbooks, reports the Harvard Crimson: Beginning this fall, they will only be available online, the university said. The initiative not only will cut costs and eliminate waste in a tough economy but will offer more flexibility as well. The course catalog "is significantly out-of-date before the first copy rolls off the press," explained Barry Kane, registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Eliminating printed versions of the materials also will answer Harvard President Drew G. Faust’s call for re-evaluating activities that might increase greenhouse gas levels. Harvard had been contemplating whether to eliminate its printed handbooks–in the last few years, other schools have done so–but the initiative "gained steam as something real" because of the current financial crisis, according to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith…

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