Go Green! Print Wisely

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Did you know that you can be environmentally conscious, minimize the use of resources, and save money too?

Do you print your documents and emails with eco friendly, “green” fonts? I’ll be honest; this is something that I never really thought about. Sure, it’s pretty obvious that printing out emails or documents that can be read online is not a “green” thing to do; and that printing only the required amount of materials for your job is certainly more environmentally friendly than printing large quantities of materials that will become obsolete. But, it had never occurred to me how much impact I could have on reducing the use of resources, both here at JCC and at home.

We strive to be environmentally friendly. It makes sense that using larger, bolder fonts would use more ink or toner. Here are a few ways that you can begin to conserve ink and toner and therefore reduce your internal printing costs.

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Horizontal Rules to Break Content

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When we talk about good Web layout, and student usability of courses, one of the main factors is the readability of the textual content that they are expected to learn and/or interact with. Any number of factors can hinder this usability – which include, but are certainly not limited to, images that, rather than enhancing the learning, become distractions with movement or irrelevance to the topic at hand; difficult to read fonts. Likewise, serif-style fonts (i.e. Times New Roman) are generally more difficult to read on a computer screen than their sans-serif (Arial, Tahoma, Calibri) cousins, as well as too much text filling up the field of vision.

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