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How to Create QR Codes for Easy Document Circulation

This year, The Climate Crisis Project strived to encourage all Pro Bono groups to go paperless for the Activity Fair. Usually, fair kiosks would be riddled with distributable pamphlets and information leaflets which promptly get thrown away or hoarded in university accommodations. This year, the goal was to continue handing those documents out without using more than a single laminated sheet of paper containing a QR code on it. Now, our group would like to share the information for easy access to all students, faculty, and staff at the university.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Visit a reputable (FREE) QR Code Generator online.

QR Codes can be used to link either PDFs, web links, YouTube videos, Facebook pages, Instagram pages, Google Documents, Images, Word Document files, Linkedin pages, Email addresses or Phone numbers. I have taken the liberty of finding a few for you all and hope that they will be of service. Alternatively, a simple google search would yield endless results.

2. Link your source.

To link your source, it must either be a saved document or an existing web page; all documents should ideally be preformatted into a PDF file so that it can be uploaded.

Feel free to get creative, you can even create 4-5 QR codes and copy paste them onto one labelled document to reduce paper waste.

3. Download the Code

It takes essentially less than five minutes to create a code. I recommend creating an account if you plan to make multiple, as this saves them all to one account for easy reference later on.

Remember to format the downloaded QR code onto a Word Document for easy printing or on a Canva page if you are aiming for a more aesthetic looking design.

4. Circulate the Code

And that’s it! You’re done.

Thank you for joining us in reducing paper waste and making the university more sustainable, one step at a time.

Camilia Amouzegar

Climate Crisis, Project Director

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