Department of Agriculture

Make saving paper a requirement -- stop being nice

There have been many comments about saving paper. This will not happen unless it is mandatory, from limiting the number of printouts for each employee to disabling the cover sheet on printed documents – no one should be printing cover sheets. Make all fax machines computerized, which allows faxes to be received and sent online. Mandate that all meetings are paperless – no agendas, copies of documents, etc., can be used. Everyone must come with a laptop and share documents via computer. Consider use of smart pads as an alternative to those who do not have laptops. Stop printing calendars. The Duplicating Branch sent 100s of calendars, many of which are still sitting on a table. Everything should be questioned before being printed, and most things should not be printed. This should no longer be a discussion or a suggestion. We should make it work. Now.

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Idea No. 9030