Go Green! Print Wisely

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.

• Print only what you absolutely have to print, read what you can online.
• When printing a Microsoft Word document switch to “draft output”, this uses less ink.
• When printing a web page print only what you need, not all of the images and advertising.
• Make the choice to use an economic font, one which uses less ink when printed.

A study done by a Dutch company, Printer.com ranked economic font choices. The following fonts are ranked from one to nine, with one using the least amount of ink:
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1. Century Gothic
2. Times New Roman
3. Calibri
4. Verdana
5. Arial
6. MS Sans Serif
7. Trebuchet MS
8. Tahoma
9. Franklin Gothic Medium

I think I can safely say that most of us are interested in doing what we can to be environmentally conscious and to minimize our use of resources, but you have to admit that it is also appealing to save money on supplies and expenses while we do so.

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Connie Pilato

Connie Pilato

Connie Pilato is the Academic Technology Support Specialist for Jamestown Community College, and has more than 20 years providing technology support in various roles at the college. While her primary assignment is to support the faculty of the Cattaraugus County Campus, she is available to assist both full-time and adjunct faculty regardless of their campus location.

Among her significant previous positions, Connie served as Network Design Engineer/Central Office Equipment, and Network Design Engineer/Special Circuits at ALLTEL, a telecommunications company.

Connie holds a M.S. in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology from University of Albany – SUNY, and a B.S. in Business (Magna Cum Laude) from SUNY Fredonia.

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