The Federal Government should set a mandatory policy of requiring its employees to print double sided paper every single time a document is printed. This would save money, energy and help the environment. It could be accomplished simply by changing automatic default settings on each government PC to two sided printing, and, if it is technologically possible, eliminate one sided printing in the settings altogether. Therefore, after the President or OMB issues a U.S. government-wide rule requiring one sided printing, they should also calculate the precise results in savings on the costs of paper reams, electricity and other savings, and on how this has reduced our carbon footprint. Concrete statistics will demonstrate the success of this initiative and could serve as a catalyst for change in the private sector and other countries.
Idea No. 11475