Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday Specifics: Going Green and Saving Money

Even though I believe the main way to save money on printing is to break the monopoly on toner that allows printer makers to receive $10,000 per gallon, I believe that changing the default font on all university email is a step in the right direction. This is a very creative solution.
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Wis. college says new e-mail font will save money

Thu Mar 25, 11:40 pm ET

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A Wisconsin college has found a new way to cut costs with e-mail — by changing the font.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic. It says that while the change sounds minor, it will save money on ink when students print e-mails in the new font.

Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.

That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon.

Blohowiak says the decision is part of the school's five-year plan to go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio it's great that a change that's eco-friendly also saves money.

Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio,

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Daisy said...

Small steps can make a big difference! Now if folks (often more staff than students) can learn to read and save emails online rather than printing, that will save even more.

samccoy said...

I agree. Even if you want to keep an email, you can save it as a document on your hard drive with a backup on a memory stick.