General Services Administration

Digital (foot)Prints

Have IT set everyone's printing preferences to default to "print to PDF". It will automatically prompt individuals to save digital files to to their computer; people will have to make a conscious effort to physically print something. This effort will save on paper, ink and energy costs for printers. Also, hard copy files necessitate storage space. Less paper will allow for more compact workstations and less storage space requirements. With a push towards work-at-home and shared/communal workstations, saving digital files makes more sense- less physical footprint and more digital footprint! It's a simple idea that can make a big difference.

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Idea No. 13446